In the ongoing effort to increase recycling rates throughout the state, the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) announced multiple rounds of grants this week. The grants are part of the department’s Know It Before You Throw It campaign, which aims to educate residents on what can – and cannot – be recycled and how to recycle correctly. The grants include:
- $800,000 that will support the Emmet County Department of Public Works’ plan to upgrade recyclable material processing technology, including the installation of robotic separating equipment, and increase access to a regional recycling processing facility for surrounding municipalities.
- $474,000 that will support Kalkaska-based American Waste’s plan to produce higher-quality mixed paper recycling products available to Michigan manufacturers that need cleaner materials, including the purchase of fiber optical scanning and sorting equipment that will create more valuable recycled commodities for businesses statewide.
- $800,000 that will help support the Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority’s nearly $6 million plan to replace its recycling processing center with a new, state-of-the-art materials recovery facility that will increase access to recycling in surrounding municipalities and commercial businesses.
- $374,400 that will help Kinross Township officials’ $624,000 plan to expand and enhance their organics recycling program by increasing the ability to collect and process food waste from Chippewa and Mackinac counties.
- $221,328 that will help support Sands Township planned construction of a new recycling/transfer station in Marquette that will increase capacity, expand the types of materials accepted for recycling and grow participation.
- $65,152 that will help support a $108,000 effort by Comprenew and Goodwill of Upper Michigan to enhance and expand an existing collaborative electronics recycling collection program the partnership has established across the U.P. by increasing their processing capability at their City of Marquette processing center.
- $46,760 that will help support Mackinac Island’s nearly $84,000 plan for a new storage building as part of a broad effort to expand on its existing recycling collection program, including accepting new types of recyclable materials and expanding public space recycling opportunities throughout the island’s state parks.
- $24,894 that will help support Michigan Technological University’s planned $41,000-plus expansion of its existing campus recycling program and begin a new food waste collection program in their cafeterias.
- $8,363 that will help support the city of Hancock’s $14,000-plus planned enhancement of its existing curbside recycling collection program by switching 400 customers from using their own bins of various types and sizes in favor of standardized 35-gallon wheeled and lidded carts.
The state has set a goal of achieving a 30% recycling rate by 2025 and ultimately reaching 45% annually. Currently, Michigan’s 15% recycling rate is the lowest in the Great Lakes region and ranks among the nation’s lowest rates.
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