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Resource Recovery
2650 LaFranier Road
Traverse City, MI 49686
RecycleSmart Hotline,
Tel: 941-5555
Fax: 929.7226

Resource Recovery

Mission Statement

RecycleSmart Hotline 941.5555

The mission of the Grand Traverse County Resource Recovery Department (RecycleSmart) is to protect the public health and environment of our community by efficiently managing waste materials with a focus on resource conservation.

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Take It Back Award

Carter's Compost
2013 Take It Back “Recycler of the Year”
Grand Traverse County Resource Recovery (RecycleSmart) announced that the Resource Recovery Council unanimously selected Carter’s Compost as the 2013 Take It Back “Recycler of the Year”. Carter's Compost was recognized and a plaque presented at the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners, Resource Management  & Administration committee meeting held on Wednesday, February 12, 2014.

Each year the Resource Recovery Council selects a local business to receive the Take It Back Recycling Program “Recycler of the Year” Award for their commitment in assisting Grand Traverse County residents reduce, reuse, and recycle materials that would otherwise have ended up in a landfill.

Carter's Compost began in April 2012 by 9 year old Carter with help from his brother Jameson and parents Ty & Johanna Schmidt, as a 100% bike powered kitchen scrap pickup service that has evolved rapidly to include many related activities, all in the  interest of promoting their mission: "building community by making composting super easy for our TC neighbors".

Carter’s Compost accomplishments include:

  •  Assisted over 100 neighbors in reducing their waste by collecting kitchen scraps for  composting
  •  Pick up 40 buckets per week of compostable food scraps (average weight per bucket is 10 lbs.)
  •  Between April 2012 and November 2013, have diverted approximately 15 tons of food waste from area landfills
  •  Added several offices to the Compost Friendly Business program. Now 12 in all!
  •  “Graduated” 13 members to their own backyard pile as part of the Sustained Community Compost Project
  •  Currently working on 4th grade Science Fair Project: A Compost Survey
  •  Maintains an informative compost website at:

Introduced by the RecycleSmart staff in 2008, the “Take It Back” recycling program is a convenient product return infrastructure, where consumers can return unwanted products for reuse, recycling, or proper disposal. The program has grown to over 100 products listed with 63 participating local businesses. This information is available at the "Take It Back“ link at and/or by calling the RecycleSmart Hotline at 941.5555.


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Law Enforcement Accepts medications for Proper Disposal     

The Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office and the Traverse City Police Department have a drop box for prescription & over-the-counter medication disposal at the Law Enforcement Center located at 851 Woodmere Avenue in Traverse City. The drop box is for out-dated, unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Controlled Medications are accepted, i.e., oxycodone, methadone, fentanyl, etc...

MORE information is provided within the February, 2013 RecycleSmart e-Newsletter
and the Take It Back > Medications website link.


RecycleSmart Kids Bingo (2nd Edition) 

Incorporates information and examples of the 3R’s (reduce,reuse,recycle). RecycleSmart understands its role and importance of education with respect to environmental stewardship. RecycleSmart also sees the value of working together and reaching out to everyone to help them understand that individuals & particularly RecycleSmart Kids, really can make a positive difference! Link to complete game!
RecycleSmart Kids Bingo Box Cover

Curbside Recycling

All Grand Traverse County residents (single family homes up to a fourplex) have the opportunity to set their recyclables out for pick up at the end of their driveway. Curbside recycling is the most effective way to recycle. To be able to put your recyclables out at the curb, unsorted, is so much easier to do. If residents are not currently utilizing curbside recycling service, they must contact their hauler to subscribe.

RecycleSmart Kid Go Curbside

"Take It Back" 

Take It Back information card
The "Take It Back" program provides information where consumers can return unwanted products to local providers/businesses for reuse, recycling or responsible disposal.

This is another program developed by the Grand Traverse County Resource Recovery Department, in order to reach the Grand Traverse County diversion goal of 42% by the year 2012. For more information please view the "Take It Back" link. The information is continuously updated with the most current data.

If you know of a business location that will accept product according to our registration requirements, please let us know.

With your help in identifying "Take It Back" opportunities, together we will build this program as a leading example of what can be accomplished and contributed by the Grand Traverse County community.

Take It Back Provider/Business Registration Form

Take It Back web viewing