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Events and Calendar

January – July 31, 2022

Enter the Kalamazoo River Watershed Photo Contest

Photo Contest Rules

Limit of one photo per season

  • The application and waiver form must be completed for eligibility
  • All photos must be of the Kalamazoo River Watershed, its tributaries, rivers, or lakes within Calhoun County
  • Photos must have been taken between July 1, 2021 – July 30, 2022
  • Cash prizes will be awarded in each division

January 3 – March 30, 2022

Rain Barrel & Composter Sales

55 Gallon Rain Barrel - $69.50
50 Gallon Terracotta Rain Barrel - $64.50
Wide Overflow 55 Gallon Rain Barrel - $91.00
Diverter - $35.00
Plant Hangers - $15.00
Tumbling Composter - $165.50
Barrel Pedestal - $33.00
Wide Overflow 55 Gallon Rain Barrel - $91.00
Linking Hose - $14.00
2x3 Flex Elbow - $15.00
3x4 Flex Elbow - $19.50
Plant Netting - $13.00

March 19, 2022

Styrofoam Collection

Department of Public Works  150 S. Kendall St., Battle Creek
8 am—11 am 

Items must be clean, free of grease and food debris.
Accepted Polystyrene Items: Meat trays, cups, egg cartons, clean to-go containers, #6 packing material, medical coolers/carriers, coolers, bowls, plates.
Not Accepted:
Plastic-like foam used in shipping/packing. Packing peanuts. Construction foam.

March 23, 2022

Scrap Tire Collection

Department of Public Works  150 S. Kendall St., Battle Creek
3 pm —6 pm

Tires Accepted: lawn mower, residential passenger vehicles (cars/trucks), semi tires, motorcycle tires.

Tires Not Accepted: Tractor tires.
No tires with rims, please

April 4 – December 9, 2022

Republic Service Yard Waste Pick Up Begins – Ends

Within City Limits ONLY

April 5, 2022

Rain Barrel & Composter Pick Up

Department of Public Works 150 S. Kendall St., Battle Creek
9 am —6 pm

April 14, 2022

Electronics and Scrap Metal (Battle Creek location)

Bailey Park 1350 Capital Ave. NE, Battle Creek, MI 49017
12 pm — 5:30 pm

Event is limited to residential material generated by Calhoun County residents.  Due to COVID-19 precautions, please stay in your car when it is being unloaded by volunteers and wear a mask while sitting in your car.

Items accepted: camcorders, cameras, cellphones, computers, copiers, CRT monitors, DVD players, fax, hard drives, hubs, laptops, LCD displays, optical drives, pagers, PDAs, printers, radios, scanners, servers, stereos, switches, telephone systems, TVs, UPS systems, VCRs, video game systems, household batteries and car batteries, and wires and cables. 

Scrap Metal: appliances (ovens, dishwashers, washers, and dryers) and scrap metal. No freezers, refrigerators, AC units, or dehumidifiers.

April 18–24, 2022

Earth Week Linear Path Cleanup

May 2, 2022

Children’s Water Festival Week

Registration closed

May 7, 2022

Styrofoam Collection

Department of Public Works  150 S. Kendall St., Battle Creek
8 am—11 am

Items must be clean, free of grease and food debris.
Accepted Polystyrene Items: Meat trays, cups, egg cartons, clean to-go containers, #6 packing material, medical coolers/carriers, coolers, bowls, plates.
Not Accepted:
Plastic-like foam used in shipping/packing. Packing peanuts. Construction foam.

May 23 – 27, 2022

Republic Service Curbside Spring Cleanup

Within City Limits ONLY

June 30, 2022

Electronics and Scrap Metal (Albion Area collection)

Ketchum Field 1203 E. North St., Albion, MI
12 pm–5:30 pm

Event is limited to residential material generated by Calhoun County residents.
Items accepted:
Electronics: camcorders, cameras, cellphones, computers, copiers, CRT monitors, DVD players, fax, hard drives, hubs, laptops, LCD displays, optical drives, pagers, PDAs, printers, radios, scanners, servers, stereos, switches, telephone systems, TVs, UPS systems, VCRs, video game systems, and wires and cables.
Scrap Metal: appliances (ovens, dishwashers, washers, and dryers) and scrap metal. No items with refrigerant.

July 1, 2022

Kanoe the Kazoo Open Registration

Pre-registration required as this event fills up fast

August 6, 2022

Kanoe the Kazoo

9 am – noon

Kayakers gettin’ their paddle on in the Kalamazoo River.

Kanoe the Kazoo

Since 2003, Kanoe the Kazoo and its several hosts work together to offer guided paddle trips along the Kalamazoo River, tributary streams, and local inland lakes to area citizens. Our mission is to introduce residents and visitors to the beauty and recreational opportunities that surround us. The Battle Creek Area Clean Water Partners typically sponsor one KTK event per year.

August 15 – October 1, 2022

Open Registration

Krazy for the Kazoo River Clean-Up

Krazy for the Kazoo is the name of an annual clean up and stewardship event to protect streams and rivers in the Kalamazoo River Watershed. The events take place throughout the year and have several sponsors (similar to Kanoe the Kazoo). The Battle Creek Area Clean Water Partners host a clean up during the first weekend in October. This year’s event will take place along the linear path and in City parks with site leaders guiding smaller groups in the activities to allow social distancing and safe conditions.

If you have questions or are interested in participating in this year’s event, you can call or email Bessie at (269) 966-3355 ext. 1889 or bestears@battlecreekmi.gov.

September 10, 2022

Electronics & Styrofoam Collection

Department of Public Works  150 S Kendall St., Battle Creek
9am — noon

September 12 – 16, 2022

Republic Service Curbside Fall Cleanup

Within City Limits ONLY

Krazy for the Kazoo River Clean-Up

October 1, 2022

9am – 11 am

Late Registrations and Tool/Kit pick up

Department of Public Works  150 S. Kendall St, Battle Creek
Late Registrations and Pick-ups
8:30 am — 9:30 am

Event
9am – 11 am

Join us for the 21st annual Krazy for the Kazoo cleanup and stewardship event. We’re looking for individuals and groups to spend the morning walking along the Kalamazoo River, its tributaries, and local parks to remove garbage and conduct a variety of conservation activities.

We will be working in small groups to allow social distancing and safe conditions. Each group will be assigned a section. Please consider volunteering for this important community event!

Preregistration is required.

October 5, 2022

Scrap Tire Collection

Department of Public Works  150 S. Kendall St., Battle Creek
3 pm —6 pm

Tires Accepted: lawn mower, residential passenger vehicles (cars/trucks), semi tires, motorcycle tires.

Tires Not Accepted: Tractor tires.
No tires with rims, please

December 5 – 9, 2022

Last week for Republic Service Yard Waste Pick Up

Within City Limits ONLY

December 26, 2022 – January 27, 2023

REAL Christmas Tree Pick Up

Battle Creek Residents ONLY

The Battle Creek Area Clean Water Partnership is the City of Battle Creek; the City of Springfield; the Calhoun County Water Resources Commissioner; the Calhoun County Road Department, the townships of Bedford, Emmett, Leroy, Newton, and Pennfield, the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center, Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek Area Schools and Lakeview Public Schools joining together with the common goal of protecting the waterways in our area.

Battle Creek Area Clean Water Partnership
Battle Creek Department of Public Works

269.966.3355