The Earth is the Lord's, and Everything in it

"Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, but you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture?  When you drink of clear water, must you foul the rest with your feet?"    Ezekiel 34:18

Every state is different when it comes to recycling.  Michigan has no mandatory recyclables.  Sad isn't it?  But they do  have landfill bans. You may not throw away aluminum cans (deposit law qualified only), car batteries, glass containers (deposit law qualified only), liquid waste, medical waste, motor oil, plastic containers (deposit law qualified only), tires and yard waste.

*deposit law refers to soda deposits

But each city has its own programs to lessen the impact on our landfills.

The city of Holland does have a mandatory recycling program.  In this curbside program you are to recycle paper, cardboard, metals, cans, glass containers and plastics. To know exactly what is accepted curbside please reference the city's newest webpage on their site via this link (  Here you will find not only what you can recycle but how exactly to recycle.   And conveniently at the very bottom of the city page there is a spot to ask about something that is not accepted curbside.

So what about those things that are not accepted curbside?

Located at 14053 Quincy, the Ottawa Resource Recovery Center recycles several items including....

  • household hazardous waste - see list on website
  • used oil or any other automotive fluids
  • 4 and 8ft fluorescent light bulbs
  • pesticides/herbicides - old, unwanted, out dated or unusable


Rechargeable batteries (nicad, nickel, lead and lithium) take to Lowes or Batteries Plus

Alkaline batteries you can toss or take to comprenew for $1/lb or Batteries Plus for $2/lb

Plastic bags

  • grocery bags only to Meijer, Walmart and Target
  • grocery, ziploc, produce, wraps (like around water bottles), newspaper, bubble wrap, air pillows, bread, dry cleaning, plastic shipping envelopes can go to Lowes.

Other items

  • Compact Fluorescent lightbulbs to Lowes and Holland Board of Public Works (when they open again)
  • Electronics - anything with a cord or a battery you can take to Comprenew (fees apply for certain things) (520 Butternut Dr.)
  • Clothing and shoes - can go to any agency like Goodwill, or Gateway (including unusable items)
  • Medications and Sharps - take to the Ottawa County Dept. of Health (12251 James St.)
  • Styrofoam Packing Peanuts - take to the Shipping Dept. (430 E. 8th St)
  • Appliances - Black River Recycling (11531 Chicago Drive)
  • Scrap Metals - Black River Recycling (11531 Chicago Drive)

A note about PAPER

Recycle, Recycle, Recycle. But do NOT shred if you don't have to.

Did you know that shredded paper is NOT allowed in your curbside recycle bin?  If you need to shred some things it can go into your bin if you put it in a compostable paper bag.  Not a fan of that idea?  Then shred away and bring it to the gator at church (where all or your paper should come).  Just make sure to put it all into a clear plastic bag.  Still not liking that idea, then collect all of your shreddable items and take them to the UPS store (520 Butternut Dr) and for just a $1/lb they will shred it for you.  Want yet another idea?  Shredded paper makes great mulch and can even go into your compost bin.

Earth911 is also a good website for global happenings.  A place to increase your awareness about what is happening across America and abroad concerning the planets goal to decrease our footprint.

"The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it."  Genesis 2:15