Thank you Calhoun County!

Calhoun County’s Solid Waste and Recycling Program would like to THANK everyone who participated in the 2014 Recyclerama.  Your overwhelming response to our event helped keep tons of Household Hazardous Waste and recyclables from entering the waste stream.  Additionally, we want to thank everyone for their patience during the event and for their dedication to the protection of our environment.  Remember…Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! It starts with you. 

We would also like to extend our THANKS to our volunteers and venders who made this event possible:

Kellogg Community College, Calhoun County CERT, Michigan Youth Challenge Academy,   K-PEP, Calhoun County Commissioners: Art Kale, Jim Haadsma, and Terris Todd,  Calhoun County Solid Waste Management Planning Advisory Committee,  Republic Services, Franklin Iron and Metal Co., B-Game Refrigeration, Epaint Recycling, Michigan South Central Power Agency, Getaway Sports, One World Center, Dart Container Corp., Drug & Laboratory Disposal, Inc., Flash Sanitation, Boy Scout Troop #337, Best-Way Disposal, Substance Abuse Council, City of Battle Creek Police Department, and Valley City Electronic Recycling, Inc.

Snyder offers plan to boost solid waste recycling

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder is proposing a plan to boost Michigan’s performance on recycling solid waste.

Michigan recycles only about 15 percent of its municipal waste, far below the national average rate of 35 percent. The Department of Environmental Quality says $435 million worth of paper, glass, plastics and other materials that could be recycled winds up in landfills each year.

The plan released Monday calls for doubling Michigan’s rate within two years and providing convenient access to recycling in all 83 counties by 2017.

It would make no changes in the state’s beverage container deposit law.

Instead, it calls for state and local partnerships to expand curbside service, educate the public and increase markets for recycled commodities.

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