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Events and Calendar

January – July 31, 2023

Enter the Kalamazoo River Watershed Photo Contest

Background photo: October Mist by Lori Peters

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, 2022 – July 31, 2023
  • 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 3 – March 30, 2023

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 15, 2023

Polystyrene #6 (Styrofoam) Collection

Department of Public Works 
150 S. Kendall St., Battle Creek
3 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 5, 2023

Rain Barrel & Composter Pick Up

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

April 17–23, 2023

Earth Day Linear Path Cleanup

April 24, 2023

Household Hazardous Waste, Appliances, Electronics Collection

Bailey Park
1350 Capital Ave. NE, Battle Creek
12 pm – 5:30 pm

May 8, 2023

Electronics Collection (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.

May 22, 2023

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Calhoun County Fairgrounds
720 Fair St., Marshall
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

August 21 – October 6, 2022

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 6, 2023

Polystyrene #6 (Styrofoam) Collection

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

September 18, 2023

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Calhoun County Fairgrounds
720 Fair St., Marshall
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Krazy for the Kazoo River Clean-Up

October 7, 2023

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.

October 16, 2023

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Bailey Park
1350 Capital Ave. NE, Battle Creek
12 pm – 5:30 pm

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