Illegal Dumping Prompts Closure of Fremont Recycling Site
BPW seeking new location
From the Newaygo County Board of Public Works:
The Fremont recycling location is closing. Recycling for Newaygo County ceased all operation and ownership of all county sites they once maintained on March 31, 2017 and the County of Newaygo has taken on the responsibility for all remaining sites. Recycling for Newaygo county was informed months ago of the need to find a new location by the city of Fremont. The County has been diligently looking for a alternative since we took over on April 1, 2017. The city of Fremont has worked with us to help find a site and to give us as much time as possible to relocate. However, because of almost daily illegal dumping and misuse of site it is not controllable and is closing. Users have been dumping non-recyclable items such as house siding, televisions, construction waste, used motor oil, vehicle windshields, carpet, carpet padding and toilets. Removing and disposing these non-recyclables is costly, time consuming and unsightly.
We have a meeting with a potential alternative on Monday, June 19, but will take a fair amount of time to get done if at all. The one thing we know is a new recycling site will need a greater ability to be controlled through some optional means. As for now we are still looking for volunteers who can help police sites and do other minor things like site clean ups and educating users. We would also love to have people who witnessed any of the unlawful dumps at our sites to come forward so we can prosecute. We are currently pursuing one case and will go after others if and when possible.