Beaver Island Transfer Station Exterior

Single Stream Recycling is in the Bag

In June the Beaver Island Transfer Station and Recycle Center will officially celebrate the launch of its Single Stream Recycling Program. The single-stream sorting and recycling system exemplifies the Transfer Station’s commitment to recovering value from waste materials.

The old recycling process required Transfer Station customers to pre-sort recyclables by type of material –cardboard, mixed paper, plastic, glass, tin, metal etc. – and then deposit them into specially marked receptacles when they arrive at the Station.

Single-stream recycling streamlines and simplifies the process of collecting and processing recyclable materials. Studies have found that communities that use the Single Stream process increase recycling rates.

Beaver Island Transfer Station and Recycle Center offers residents, non-residents and commercial customers a safe, clean and environmentally friendly location to dispose of all solid waste and recyclables. The Beaver Island Transfer Station and Recycle Center is jointly operated by Peaine and St. James Townships. It is located on East Side Drive approximately a quarter mile east of Kings Highway.

Customer Safety during Covid-19: In adherence to Governor Grethen Whitmer's statewide mask mandate, the Beaver Island Transfer Station and Recycle Center requires all self-haul customers visiting the station to wear masks/face coverings to protect the public health of customers and employees, and to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Customers who do not wear masks or face coverings will not be allowed to dispose of their waste or recycling at the Beaver Island Transfer Station and Recycle Center.

Hours signHours of Operation

  • May - October Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed: Sundays and Holidays
  • November - April Monday through Saturday, 11a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Sundays and Holidays
  • Holidays: Good Friday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years
  • After hours special hoppers available for disposal of Green Bags only.
  • NO after hours recycling available

Disposal of Garbage, Recyclables & Green Bags

The Townships of Peaine and St. James utilize a pay-per-bag program for resident self-haulers only. The townships provide no garbage pickup services. Residents and visitors bring their household garbage and recyclables to the joint township-operated transfer and recycling center.

Green Garbage Bags

All household garbage must be placed in a Green Beaver Island Garbage Bag
Garbage NOT placed in Green Bags, a surcharge of up to $5 applies

  • Fees for garbage disposal are included in the price of the Green BI Garbage Bag
  • Green BI Garbage Bags are to be used for household garbage only
  • Green BI Garbage Bags costs: Large Bag, $4.00 (50 gallon) & Medium Bag $2.50 (30 gallon)
  • Green BI Garbage Bags are available for purchase from local stores:

Where to Buy Green BI Garbage Bags

In Peaine Township: Island Energies & BI Transfer Station and Recycle Center
In St. James Township: Mc Donough’s Market & Power’s Do it Best Hardware


All recyclables should be transported separately and placed in the appropriate areas at the Transfer Station.

Recyclables such as aluminum, corrugated cardboard, mixed paper, cans, glass bottles, plastics, and scrap metal are accepted at no cost to residents or non-residents.

View of list of recyclables on the Services page.

NOT Recyclable

PVC Vinyl
Window Glass

NOT Accepted

Styrofoam Peanuts

Other Waste

Additional information about disposal of Construction & Demolition materials, household hazardous waste, metal, yard and electronic waste and other household and bulk items, as well as fees and tipping charges are available by visiting the Prices page or by calling or visiting the Transfer Station.

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

Please call the Transfer Station for special collection dates: 448-2228