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January – July 31, 2024

Enter the Kalamazoo River Watershed Photo Contest

Background photo: Spring Lake Sunrise at KCC by Simon Thalmann

Photo Contest Rules

  • Please limit submissions to one photo per season (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) – Limit of 4 total pictures
  • 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, 2023 – July 31, 2024
  • Cash prizes will be awarded in youth and adult divisions
  • Please submit photos in a landscape orientation
  • Focus of photos should be scenery, wildlife, recreation

January 8 – March 29, 2024

Rain Barrel & Composter Sale

Pick Up April 17, 2024 from 4pm – 6pm
Department of Public Works
150 S Kendall St, Battle Creek, MI

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 20, 2024

Polystyrene #6 (Styrofoam) Collection

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

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.

April 17, 2024

Rain Barrel & Composter Pick Up

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

50 Gallon Terracotta Rain Barrel - $64.50

April 22–28, 2024

Earth Day Linear Path Cleanup

   

For Upcoming Calhoun County Recycle Events

  • Events typically are held in spring (April – May) and fall (September – October).
  • Events include recycling the following:
    • Household Hazardous Waste
    • Appliances
    • Electronics
    • Scrap Metal
    • Scrap Tires
  • A List of acceptable and unacceptable materials for each of these events are mentioned in the website.

May 8, 2024

Scrap Tire Collection

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

Only open to Battle Creek residents

May 22, 2024

Electronics Recycle Collection

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

Only open to Battle Creek residents

August 21 – October 4, 2024

Open Registration

Krazy for the Kazoo River Clean-Up

Krazy for the Kazoo is the name of an annual cleanup 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 cleanup 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 4, 2024

Polystyrene #6 (Styrofoam) Collection

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

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.

For Upcoming Calhoun County Recycle Events

  • Events typically are held in spring (April – May) and fall (September – October).
  • Events include recycling the following:
    • Household Hazardous Waste
    • Appliances
    • Electronics
    • Scrap Metal
    • Scrap Tires
  • A List of acceptable and unacceptable materials for each of these events are mentioned in the website.

Krazy for the Kazoo River Clean-Up

October 5, 2024

9am – 11 am

Late Registrations and Tool/Kit pickup

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 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.