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Recycling

There are 25 counties in Michigan where all residents have "convenient access" to recycling. In order to determine which counties have convenient access to recycling, the following criteria were established:
  1. The county must provide a collection program to each resident through ordinance, public/private partnerships, private-hauler contracting, or a publicly managed program.
  2. Each community with 10,000 or more people must provide each resident access to curbside recycling.
  3. In a community without curbside recycling, there must be at least one drop-off location per 10,000 people.

 Michigan is working to ensure that all residents have convenient access to recycling.

Recycling is a major component of pollution prevention, conservation, and waste reduction efforts in Michigan. It is often the first step businesses take toward a more efficient and cleaner operation. Recycling is also a popular, positive way individuals can practice sustainable living and protect their environment.

A few of the many environmental, economic, and social benefits of recycling are:

  • Conserving natural resources by consuming fewer raw materials.
  • Minimizing the need to harvest and mine virgin materials thus preventing habitat and natural area destruction and disruption.
  • Creating more local jobs than managing waste does, resulting in stronger local economies.
  • Diverting waste from landfills, extending their useful lives.
  • Robust recycling programs improve the quality of life in the community and results in a more desirable place to live.
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions.








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