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Detroit to Undertake Recycling Expansion

Jan 10, 2020

As part of a first-ever public-private collaboration, the City of Detroit will start their largest expansion of recycling in the city’s history. The effort, which is funded by the Department Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and the national nonprofit The Recycling Partnership, with special support from the PepsiCo Foundation, will help build on the success of Michigan’s national award-winning Know It Before You Throw It recycling education campaign. EGLE is providing nearly $1 million in grant funding to the city and an additional $1.2 million will come from private funding. The collaboration will increase residential access to recycling and collection capacity in Detroit through the purchase of 16,400 curbside recycling carts and nearly 4,000 multifamily containers. Grant funds will also provide additional collection capacity through commercial, public space, and municipal recycling containers of various sizes and a collection vehicle.

The state’s Know It Before You Throw It campaign is part of the effort to increase Michigan’s recycling rate to 30% by 2025 and ultimately reach 45% annually. Michigan’s current 15% recycling rate is the lowest in the Great Lakes region and ranks among the nation’s lowest.

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