With more access, Michiganders recycling rate hits record high

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The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy reported that the recycling rate for Michiganders was up 35.4%.

EGLE said this is possible because residents have more access to recycling services across the state. The department reports that nearly 3 million households have access to recycling in their communities. That’s about 75% of Michigan residents who can reuse, reduce, and recycle.

“This tremendous achievement represents a bipartisan effort in a historic partnership with the Michigan Legislature in combination with the nonprofit sector and the business community that Michigan has never seen before,” said EGLE Director, Liesl Clark, during a virtual press conference on Monday morning.

The statistics come from a three-year review that coincided with the “Know it before you throw it away” campaign. According to officials, this campaign helps EGLE promote initiatives for local partners who have initiatives tailored to their communities. One of the main features of the educational campaign is the Recycling Raccoon Squad.

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EGLE also released that Michigan’s recycling industry processes 440,828 tons of materials per year.

During Monday’s virtual conference, it was announced that numerous grants would be distributed throughout the state, allowing Michigan to continue moving forward as a green state.

An announcement has been made that Detroit will receive a $202,000 Renew Michigan grant that will facilitate recycling in city parks and select neighborhoods starting this spring.

For residents of southeast Michigan, a $135,000 Renew Michigan grant will help expand recycling in commercial areas of Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties.

“These strategic investments that EGLE announced today reflect the commitment of Michigan communities to finding modern, scalable solutions for our entire recycling system,” Clark said. “It is critical that EGLE continue to work with the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, our partners in the Michigan Legislative Assembly, the private sector, nonprofits like The Recycling Partnership, and at the federal and local levels to ensure that we are meeting our state’s goals for sustainable operations.”

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