Community Programs

The Township has many programs to benefit the community.

Environmental Programs

Cleanup Day (Spring and Fall)

Yard Waste Pickup

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

Garlic Mustard Drop Off

Spongy (formerly Gypsy) Moth Spraying

Christmas Tree Recycling

Oak Wilt


Social Programs

Toys for Tots

       
     
              







 


Spring 2024 Cleanup Day

Wheel barrelCascade’s Biannual Cleanup Day returns Saturday, April 20 (8 a.m. – noon) at Ada Bible Church, 8899 Cascade Road SE

Gates close at noon, so arrive early. Residents should enter the Ada Bible Church parking lot off Cascade Road and exit on Quiggle Road. Follow the signage on site.

Please note

• This event is for nonhazardous household waste only, such as appliances, scrap metal, electronics for recycling and paper for shredding.

• Proof of Cascade Township residency is required

• No yard or hazardous waste will be accepted.

• Paint cans that are open and dried are allowed.

On-Site Services

• Arrowaste Services will be on-site for general trash and junk, large and small appliances and scrap metal. No yard waste or hazardous waste will be accepted.

• Valley City Electronic Recycling will be on-site for computers, televisions, small appliances, cell phones, household batteries and other electronics.

• Shred-It will be on hand to securely destroy and recycle paper documents.

All services are subject to availability, so monitor this page – or call 616.949.1500 - as the date nears for up-to-date information.
 

Spring 2024 yard waste disposal services 


Bagged Yard Waste Pickup
Bagged yard waste pickup will once again be offered in the restricted burn area (generally the area west of Buttrick Avenue and north of I-96) every Monday from April 15 - May 6.

Some general requirements:

• This service is only available to residents in the restricted burn area.
View map: bit.ly/CT-burn-area.

• Tags are available  8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Cascade Township Office, 5920 Tahoe Drive SE. Residents are limited to 20 tags. To use tags from last year, please call the Township so your address is added to the 2024 list.

• Place yard waste near the curb by midnight on Sunday.

• Bags of yard waste and bundles of branches MUST be tagged for collection. Bags and bundles must weigh less than 30 pounds each to be picked up. Please do NOT include grass clippings, dirt, sod, cement, sand or rocks.

• Branches and stumps cannot exceed one inch in diameter and four feet in length.

• For more information, call 616.949.1500.


Yard Waste Dumpsters

Dumpsters will be available for yard waste disposal beginning Monday, April 22-Monday, April 29. The dumpsters will be located behind the Fire Station 2 building, 2990 Buttrick Ave. SE

Please note:
The dumpsters are top load and yard waste needs to be carried up a small set of stairs to be dumped. Employees are not available to help dump yard waste.


All services subject to availability. Please check the Township website at cascadetwp.com close to the day to ensure the service you wish to utilize is available. For questions, please call Cascade Township at 616-949-1500.

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

Due to the expansion of hours of operation at its SafeChem drop-off locations, the Kent County Department of Public Works is no longer hosting on-site community hazardous waste disposal programs. Instead, Kent County offers five disposal sites with varied hours and days operation around the County. 

The nearest dropoff location to Cascade Township is in Kentwood at 5068 Breton SE. This location is open Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

To learn more about the hazardous waste disposal program at Kent County DPW, including hours of operation at their five Kent County drop-off sites, please visit their webpage at www.reimaginetrash.org/safehomes/safechem 

MORE INFORMATION:  Please call Kent County DPW  for additional information or for directions on large loads (greater than six boxes), items larger than a 5-gallon bucket. They can be reached at 616-632-7941 or at safehomes@kentcountymi.gov.

 

Bagged Garlic Mustard Drop Off

A collection dumpster for garlic mustard will be available in the back of the Cascade Township Fire Station #2 (2990 Buttrick SE, Ada MI 49301). Stay tuned for specific dates.

Volunteer Pulls
Join Cascade in eradicating garlic mustard from Township parks! Pulls are planned for every Saturday at various Cascade properties beginning April 6-June 8. To register, email volunteer@cascadetwp.com or call 616.481.3578.

Soon it Will Be Garlic Mustard Season

Garlic mustard is a highly invasive plant that stays green all year long.  It has the odor of garlic when crushed.  The young rosette (cluster of leaves) grows close to the ground.  The adult plants grow upright with a white, four-petal flower at the end of the stalk.
 
Impacts:

  • Out-competes or prevents native plants and trees from growing.
  • One plant can produce more than 3,000 seed.
  • Seeds can remain viable in the soil for ten years or more.
Prevent Future Spread:
  • Monitor your property carefully and frequently for new infestations.  (Removing one or two plants before they go to seed is much easier than removing hundreds of plants later.)
  • Clean shoes, plant cuffs, and equipment thoroughly after walking or working in an infested area.

Suggested Control:
Hand removal is best achieved before the plant has gone to seed.  When soil is moist, grasp low and firmly on the plant.  Tug gently until the main root loosens and the ENTIRE plant pulls out.
 
Pulled plants should be bagged and placed in regular trash.  DO NOT COMPOST!

Spongy Moth Spraying

(formerly Gypsy Moth)


Please stay tuned for 2024 spray information.

The Entomological Society of  America has recently changed the official common name of Lymantria Dispar from "gypsy moth" to "spongy moth".  

Many Michigan residents have heard of the spongy moth, though they many not know what the insect looks like. Spongy moth is a notorious pest that feeds on the leaves of oaks, aspen and many other species of shade and forest trees.

PDF IconSpongy Moth Spraying Program Map

Click here for Interactive Map (Use the Parcel Search option on the right side of the map)
Gypsy Moth
For many years, Cascade Township has participated in a local program to spray for spongy moths caterpillars, and plans are underway to once again spray for these potentially devastating pests. The 2023 spray program actually began last fall, when the township hired a firm to survey the Township for spongy moth egg masses. This process allows us to limit the spray areas to those places most likely to see an infestation (see map to view spray area). This year, the Township will be spraying 498 acres.

In order to treat the spongy moth, the designated areas will be sprayed with a non-toxic biological agent called Bacillus thuringiensis or “Bt.” Below are some frequently asked questions about spongy moth caterpillars and the treatment program.

What does a spongy moth caterpillar look like?

Spongy moth caterpillars are typically around two inches in length, and can be identified by their distinctive markings. They typically have a yellow head with black markings, followed by prominent blue and red spots along the length of their body. They can be found in over 250 species of trees, though they are especially found where Oak trees are abundant, and they do not spin silk tents, unlike the native and relatively harmless Eastern Tent Caterpillar

How does “Bt” affect the spongy moth caterpillars?

“Bt” is a naturally occurring bacterium common in soils throughout the world. When a spongy moth caterpillar eats leaves sprayed with “Bt” the bacterium produces a protein that reacts with the cells of the digestive tract lining of the spongy moth caterpillar. The “Bt” proteins essentially paralyze the digestive track of the caterpillars, which will then cause them to stop feeding and eventually kill them. The spongy moth caterpillars will typically die en masse two to three days after spraying occurs.

Is “Bt” dangerous to people, pets, wildlife or other beneficial insects?

The primary benefit to the use of “Bt” in controlling the spongy moth population is that it is naturally occurring bacterial disease of insects and is non-toxic and safe for people, pets and wildlife, and some formulations can be used on essentially all food crops. Additionally, unlike most insecticides, “Bt” does not have a broad spectrum of activity, so they do not kill beneficial insects including natural enemies of insects (predators and parasites) as well as beneficial pollinators, such as honeybees.

For 2023, it is anticipated that the spongy moth caterpillar spraying program will take place over the course of a week (or less). We will post the date when it is finalized. The application is done by helicopter, and typically takes one day to complete. Residents who reside within the spray zones will be receiving direct notification of the program through the mail.

Remember, the spongy moth does its damage during the caterpillar stage, which is during mid-May to mid-June. If your trees are being defoliated later in the summer, it's caused by something other than spongy moths.

Residents in spray areas need not remain indoors while spraying is underway and can safely go about their regular daily activities. As "B.t." is released into the air, it will descend upon trees and grounds in a light mist which will be barely discernible. Residents can expect to find dead caterpillar larvae in and around their yards upon completion of the insecticide application.

Additional Information
PDF Icon 2023 Homeowner Notification Letter
PDF Icon 2023 Recommended Spongy Moth Spray Report
PDF Icon 2023 Spray Drift Management Plan
PDF Icon Additional Information on Spongy Moths
PDF Icon Additional Information on Bacillus Thuringiensis

 

Christmas Tree Recycling

Dumpsters are maede be available behind the Buttrick Fire Station (Buttrick & 30th Street) to deposit your Christmas trees following Christmas each year. Look out for 2024 dates this November. 

Toys for Tots Program


The Cascade Township Fire Department will be accepting new, unwrapped toys for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Starting Monday, Nov. 13th through Monday, Dec. 11th, 2023. Toys may be dropped off at Cascade Township Hall, 5920 Tahoe Drive SE. 8a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.