February 2022

Great job residents of Grand Traverse County!  
Because of your efforts we were able to reuse, recycle or properly dispose of
173,592 pounds of Household Hazardous Waste and almost 60,000 pounds of Scrap Tires at our special collection events in 2021.  

HHW Event Dates for 2022 
(Sign up will be available online approximately one month before each event.) Appointments are required

Thursday, April 14th

Thursday, May 12th

Thursday, June 23th

Thursday, August 11th

Saturday, September 17th

What Can I Bring to a Household Hazardous Waste Event? 
FREE TV Recycling! 

The Grand Traverse County (GTC) RecycleSmart program is happy to announce that in partnership with  Bay Area Recycling for Charities (BARC),
GTC residents are now able to bring your old TVs and Computer monitors to BARC's facility at 466 US 31 South, to be recycled, free of charge. This program is for Grand Traverse County Residents only and is limited to 1 TV per household, up to 500 TVs total (2 Semi Trailers full!). You must have proof of residency to participate. For more information, call BARC at 231-632-2272 or visit their website here.
The Keystone Brush Site is closed for the season.
The site will re-open in April of 2022

The Brush Site is now accepting Credit Cards as a form of payment.  
Please note that the site is closed on all major holidays and for severe weather conditions. 
Brush Site information and hours of operation can be found by clicking here
Have questions about where to recycle an item?

Click on the Take it Back Logo and you will be magically transported to the Take it Back Directory!  

If you are unable to find a solution on the directory, please contact the Resource Recovery Department and we'll be sure to help you out!
Smoke Alarm Drop Off Program

The GTC Resource Recovery Department and the Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department have teamed up to bring GTC residents a Smoke Alarm Drop Off program.
You may now bring your old smoke alarms to either the Grand Traverse Metro Fire Administration at 897 Parsons Rd. in Traverse City or the Grand Traverse Metro Fire Station #11 at 3000 Albany Dr. in Traverse City during their normal hours of operation. 
The drop off containers are located just inside the main entry doors. It is recommended that smoke alarms be tested monthly, the batteries replaced bi-annually and whole units replaced every 10 years. Batteries can be brought to any of the 9 drop off locations (listed below) around GTC. Please contact the Resource Recovery Department if you have any questions.  
Recycle right or lose it

Illegal dumping at the Recycling Sites in Grand Traverse County will no longer be tolerated.  Violators will be prosecuted.  
Please spread the word. Items must never be left on the ground. If the sites continue to be misused, not only will the abusers be held accountable but we run the risk of losing these great assets to our community. 
To learn more about what can and can't be recycled, please visit the link below. 

Looking for the latest episodes of the very popular 9&10 News TV series "Talking Trash"?
Look no further. 
Click this the picture above and you will be whisked away to the glorious land of responsible recycling! 
Drop Off Battery Recycling


Batteries from Grand Traverse County residents are accepted at any of the battery drop off locations. Batteries from commercial businesses or nonresidents are not accepted. Businesses may bring batteries to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection events.

Battery drop off boxes are at the following locations:

Building / Location

Acme Township Hall

Blair Township Hall 

City of Traverse City / Grand Traverse County Building

Civic Center

Fife Lake True Value

Grand Traverse County Public Service Building

Metro Emergency Services Building

Traverse City Fire Department

Whitewater Township Hall