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A Few Things About Us…

After several years of being somewhat silent about recycling issues in our community, we have decided that it is time to share some thoughts for those that want to listen. Social media makes it very easy to accomplish.

Why now you ask? We have been seeing many new faces at the RJ drop off site and that puts a smile on our face.  It is nice to see newcomers to the recycling community and especially since they interested in recycling.  When asked about how they heard about us, most of the time is our website –  so we have decided to expand our offerings.

To start this effort, let me start with a few facts since this issue has come up during our first Saturday collection day. For those that are new to recycling in Jackson or even those that may have forgotten,  RJ is a non-profit.  We receive no government (city, county or state) financial support.  This is the primary reason that we ask for that $2 donation when you pull in the gate. We have existed for 30-plus years and are proud of our heritage. Our mission is to educate the residents of our county about proper recycling of material, provide opportunities to recycle hard to recycle items and to support the growth of recycling in our  community.

If you are so moved,  please consider becoming a member of RJ.  Your support through a membership is greatly appreciated.

Besides the residents of our community, we have a growing number of supportive businesses which we deeply appreciate their support.  Working together we can accomplish more that through individual efforts so stay tuned as we move forward with expanding recycling in our community.

Spring Arbor Rocks!


Many thanks to the students of Spring Arbor University Business Club who generously donated their time May 10 to help Recycling Jackson with it’s eWaste Collection Day. The hardworking students were a big help and a big contributor to the success of this yearly event.

We would also like to give a shout out to Spring Arbor Township for allowing us to be a part of their annual clean-up day with this eWaste drive. It was a well organized event and many Spring Arbor residents took advantage of it.

Latex Paint Recycling

This September ….   Recycling Jackson’s First Annual Latex Paint recycling day at the Habitat Restore.  RJ is teaming up with ePaint to provide recycling services for all your unwanted latex paint. Watch our website for additional details.

Community Ewaste Collection Day

Join us for the Community Ewaste Collection Day, July 13th from 9 AM to 12 PM at the Jackson Sam’s Club.  There will also be secure document shredding services available at this event.

2014 Open Dates

Here are our open dates for the rest of the year:

  • Saturday, June 7
  • Saturday, July 5
  • Saturday, Aug. 2
  • Saturday, Sept. 6
  • Saturday, Oct. 4
  • Saturday, Nov. 1
  • Saturday, Dec. 6

Our site will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each of those Saturdays. We accept donations during your drop off to help offset the cost of recycling the materials.

Our drop off site is located on Monroe St., behind Home Depot and next to Hunt Elementary, in Jackson.

Why don’t we recycle more?

Kirk Heinze at

National studies suggest that even when people have ready access to recycling—either curbside or at a nearby center—most still don’t get into the habit. According to Tom Emmerich, President of Kalamazoo-based Schupan Recycling, the key is not necessarily convenience; rather, it is education. Education is one of Emmerich’s “Four E’s” of successful recycling. The others are efficient handling and operations, economically viable markets and ease for the consumer. While each is clearly important, Emmerich believes that changes in our behavior must begin with the knowledge and understanding of why the new activities, including recycling, are beneficial.

Listen also to Heinze’s conversation with Emmerich at the bottom of the article.

Spring e-waste drive May 7

Get ready: it’s our first big e-waste drive with Sam’s Club of the year.

It’s taking place Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sam’s Club in Jackson. And as a special extra, CP Federal Credit Union is offering a shredding truck to shred your personal and confidential documents.

Download our flyer for all the details!

Spring Arbor University recycling day

Recycling Jackson will provide electronic waste (e-waste) recycling services at Spring Arbor University’s Green Community Day.

Join us, as well as Sam’s Club and Emmons (who are providing other recycling services), this Saturday, March 26 from noon to 3 p.m. for an exciting green day at SAU.

How to opt out of the Yellow Pages

phone book picture

Your phone experience probably goes something like this: you come home to an orange plastic bag with a thick book inside, sitting on your doorstep. You bring in the bag, unwrap the book, and promptly recycle it.

The phone book isn’t anything you ask for – it just kind of appears.

The National Yellow Pages Consumer Choice & Opt-Out Site can put a stop to those automatic phone book deliveries. I type in my own ZIP code and found that I’m eligible for four phone books, which is four too many. By signing up with the Opt-Out Site, you can say “no thanks.”

The site’s how to recycle section is a little anemic. We would’ve liked to see more information on what type of paper phone books use, and which recycling bin makes the most sense. But the association released a sustainability report that outlines more of their environmental philosophy.

2011 site open dates

This year, Recycling Jackson is trying something different: closing on our slowest month, February.

So the Recycling Jackson drop-off site will be closed Saturday, Feb. 5 and will re-open on the first Saturday of March. Here are the rest of our open dates for the year:

  • Saturday, March 5
  • Saturday, April 2
  • Saturday, May 7
  • Saturday, June 4
  • Saturday, July 2
  • Saturday, Aug. 6
  • Saturday, Sept. 3
  • Saturday, October 1
  • Saturday, Nov. 5
  • Saturday, Dec. 3

As usual, our site will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each of those Saturdays. We accept donations during your drop off to help offset the cost of recycling the materials.

Our drop off site is located on Monroe St., behind Home Depot and next to Hunt Elementary, in Jackson.

Become a member!