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Contact: Lucy Doroshko (517) 373-1322
Agency: Environmental Quality

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Recycling is a major component of Michigan waste reduction efforts. It is often the first step businesses take toward a more efficient and cleaner operation. It is also a popular, positive way individuals can protect their environment and reduce the impact of climate change.

A few of the many environmental and economic benefits of recycling are:
•  Minimizing the need to harvest and mine virgin materials thus preventing habitat and natural area destruction and disruption.
•  Creating more jobs than managing waste does, resulting in stronger local economies.
•  Diverting waste from landfills, extending their useful lives.
•  Reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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