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Starting Thursday, the City of Portage will change the way it does recycling. Instead of having two bins, one for paper and cardboard and one for plastic and glass, residents can throw them all together in one big cart. 

This is called single-stream recycling. It’s convenient for residents and has been shown to dramatically increase recycling rates. But what’s good for residents isn't always good for manufacturers.

"PORTAGE, MI - Both the governor and attorney general oppose a Portage ballot issue in November to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, but if it passes it will become a part of the city charter, Portage officials said." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

"PORTAGE, MI – Portage voters in November will have a chance to approve a city charter amendment that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

William Deming is stepping down after 35 with the department, including three decades as its director.


Residents and businesses in Portage now have a new way to get emergency information. City officials say they've launched "Portage Alert". It's a system that can send voice and text messages to phones as well as e-mail and posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Portage officials say the messages will include announcements about severe weather and traffic issues. Other messages will offer information about snowplow schedules, the city's annual spring clean-up trash collection, and other events