$500,000 in Grants Awarded for Recycling Education and Infrastructure

Contact: Emily Freeman, MDEQ Recycling Specialist, freemane@michigan.gov, 517-256-9466
Agency: Environmental Quality

May 17, 2017

Multiple communities across the state are getting a boost in their recycling education and infrastructure projects thanks to $500,000 in grants from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).

These grants support Governor Snyder’s 2014 Residential Recycling Plan of Action by increasing access to recycling, improving recycling processing capacity, and promoting recycling education in Michigan. Sufficient recycling infrastructure and established recycling education programs are proven methods for increasing recycling.

Recycling education will be increased through funding projects that include billboards, public service announcement messaging, internet and social media campaigns, printed outreach materials, direct education events, and school programs.

  • Isabella County Materials Recovery Facility - $3,675
  • Berrien County Parks Department - $15,792.75
  • City of East Lansing – $4,000
  • Benzie County Solid Waste Department - $10,000
  • City of Grand Rapids - $7,500
  • City of Madison Heights - $2,430
  • City of Kalamazoo - $7,500
  • Mid-Michigan Waste Authority - $3,105
  • Green Living Science - $9,590
  • Tuscola and Sanilac Counties Recycling - $18,381
  • City of Brighton $2,688.03
  • Kalamazoo Nature Center - $4,081.50
  • Hemlock Public School District - $6,375

Access to recycling and processing capacity will be increased through the funding of infrastructure projects such as the purchase of recycling processing equipment, site expansions and improvements, and the development of new recycling collection sites.

  • Northeast Michigan Council of Governments for Alpena Recycling Board - $50,000
  • City of Detroit - $34,132.72
  • Village of Bingham Farms - $15,750
  • Canton Township - $50,000
  • Charter Township of Shelby - $5,328
  • City of Brighton - $5,107.50
  • City of East Lansing - $14,760
  • City of Grand Haven - $18,000
  • City of Grosse Pointe Farms - $28,350
  • Hemlock Public School District - $18,405
  • City of Houghton - $7,904
  • Jefferson Township - $19,020.75
  • Kalkaska County - $30,273.75
  • Village of Newberry - $48,000
  • Thumb Industries, Inc. - $29,850
  • Tuscola County - $30,000

Funding for the grants was made available through a State of Michigan general fund appropriation in fiscal year 2017. 

 

Additional contact: Melody Kindraka, MDEQ Public Information Officer, kindrakam1@michigan.gov, 517-284-6716