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EGLE Partners with Communities to Improve Residential Recycling

Jul 31, 2020

More than 100 Michigan Communities are joining state, regional, and national partners to combat recycling contamination and improve capture of high-quality recyclables across the state. Partnering with the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and The Recycling Partnership (TRP), communities will develop and implement operational and educational strategies to improve the quality of their recycling streams. The goal is to lead cleaner recycling practices and a reduction in the amount of contaminated materials improperly going into recycling.

Communities will utilize TRP’s “Feet on the Street” cart tagging program, which helps improve the quality of curbside recycling by providing residents personalized and real-time education and feedback. Communities in 18 different states have implemented elements of the program, with an average 27% increase in the overall capture of quality recyclables.

The anti-contamination projects will begin as early as summer 2020 and continue through the end of 2021. The projects are supported through an $800,000 EGLE grant, allocated in 2019 to 14 counties and communities.

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