The Village of Newberry Recycling Drop-Off Program reopened on Tuesday, August 25. The program was suspended in March due to COVID-19 restrictions. The village sought to reopen the program in June, but a new vendor had purchased the contract and was unavailable for contact until August 24.
Interim Village Manager Allison Watkins said, “We worked hard to make metal and OCC recycling accessible for our residents and understand the frustration with the program being suspended.”
The village’s bins are a special design and are owned by the village thanks to grant funding through the State of Michigan.
“This differs from most programs where bins are a generic design and are leased by municipalities,” Watkins said. “We had to be certain that the new vendor would honor our current fees contract and assure us that our specially designed bins would be returned to us when they were pulled to be emptied. After many weeks of working to receive the needed confirmation we heard back from them today. We are happy to get the program back up and running”.
The Recycling Drop-Off Program takes place the second and fourth Tuesday of each month and runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bins will be open during that timeframe. Bins are located on the south side of McMillan Avenue between Parmalee Street and Charles Street. The recycling program is currently only open to village residents.