More communities will have funding to improve and expand recycling programs under grants announced this week. In support of the Know It Before You Throw It campaign, the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) announced they are providing $1.23 million in grant funding to eight Michigan counties. So far this year, the department has given 26 grants totaling more than $5.96 million.
The newest round of grants includes:
|· Bay City ($40,632) to establish an enhanced single-stream recycling program and open a drop-off collection site for hard-to-recycle items that will serve all of Bay County.
· Branch County Conservation District ($35,400) to improve recycling collection capacity in the county through a public-private partnership.
· City of Flint ($196,000) to enhance the processing capacity of the anaerobic digester facility at its wastewater treatment plant.
· Forgotten Harvest ($19,259) to purchase collection infrastructure that will improve efficiency at the Oak Park-based food, rescue and distribution center that serves Oakland County and metro Detroit residents.
· Isabella County ($78,902) to enhance its drop-off recycling program by redesigning and relocating drop-off recycling sites across the county.
· Cities of Lansing/East Lansing ($480,000) to help Ingham County’s two largest municipalities purchase a recycling collection truck that will address anticipated collection route increases from a new materials recovery facility being built in central Lansing in 2019-2020.
· Orion Township ($239,836) to support the Oakland County community’s plan to shift from subscription-based curbside recycling service to single-hauler, cart-based curbside recycling for all township residents.
· Sanilac County ($129,836) to expand its recycling collection program by adding storage that will enable staff to accept recyclable materials that are currently not being collected and increase recycling collection locations throughout the county.
· Wayne County Airport Authority ($10,400) to set up liquid disposal and bottle collection stations at the Detroit Metro Airport North Terminal Transportation Security Administration checkpoints.
The State of Michigan has set a goal of a 30% recycling rate by 2025, with the ultimate goal of reaching a 45% annual recycling rate. For more information on EGLE’s recycling campaign, please visit RecyclingRaccoons.org.
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