Reduce Reuse Recycle Day canceled due to COVID-19

BENTON HARBOR — The 11th annual Reduce Reuse Recycle Day at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor that was scheduled for April 15 has been canceled. This event will not be rescheduled this year.

Many of the 11 different items that were on the accepted items list for this community recycling event can be reused or recycled locally. LMC is encouraging residents to utilize these local services all year long, though noted that these services and facilities may temporarily be closed at this time.

Document Shredding services were provided by Kent Record Management, located at 1994 Plaza Dr., Benton Harbor. Readers can call Kent Record Management, (269) 926-4100, to learn about their document shredding services for residents and businesses.

Electronics go to Green Earth Electronics Recycling in St. Joseph for reuse and recycling. Call Green Earth at (269) 326-1232 or visit greenearth1.com for more information.

Books and shoes go to Goodwill located at 1550 Mall Dr., Benton Harbor. Goodwill accepts reusable books and shoes in pairs and in good condition.

Bicycles go to Cycle-Re-Cycle, 159 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor, across from Fairplain Middle School. Refer to the C-R-C Facebook page or call (269) 252-5040 for shop hours.

Plastic Grocery Bags are accepted and recycled through Martins Supermarket in St. Joseph. Many grocery stores and retail stores throughout the county accept plastic grocery bags for recycling.

Magazines go to Republic Services, 7227 Reliable Path, Stevensville, (800) 677-1083, to be recycled. Republic Services has a community recycling drop off center at this location. In addition, readers can check with curbside or other area drop off recycling programs to ask if magazines are accepted.

American flags are accepted by Boy Scout Troop 624 for proper and respectful handling and disposal. Readers can also find American flag drop boxes at Ace Hardware in St. Joseph and Stevensville, Bradford Insurance Agency in St. Joseph, all Starks Family Funeral Home locations, American Legion Posts, VFW Posts, etc.

Eye glasses go to the Lions Club. Eye glasses drop boxes are located in all areas around the County at facilities such as banks, stores, funeral homes, etc.

Foam or polystyrene, such as foam packaging blocks, foam coolers, and foam egg cartons were going to Tri-Power Recycling of Elkhart. Learn more at tri-powerrecycling.com. Readers can also check the Berrien County website Recycling Service page for future foam recycling collection events. 

At this time, Berrien County has five more collection events scheduled that accept household chemicals, batteries, medications, etc. for recycling or safe disposal. Refer to berriencounty.org, click recycling services for updates about these future community events. 

The Berrien County website and government Facebook page are the best places to go to find recycling event update information, officials said. Questions about the county recycling events can also be directed to Jill Adams, Berrien County environmental property manager, at (269) 983-7111 ext. 8234.