Michigan's Recycling Plan of ActionContact: Matt Flechter 517-614-7353
It’s about more than taking the bottles and cans back to the store.
Michiganders are great at recycling our returnables, returning more than 90 percent of our bottles and cans. But returnables only make up 2 percent of all waste.
On every other reusable product – glass, paper, plastics, metals, organics – Michigan has fallen behind. Our residential recycling rate is only 14.5 percent, lower than every other Great Lakes state, and one of the lowest in the country. The rest of our waste – $435 million worth of reusable materials annually – goes straight into a landfill. But the market for recycled materials continues to expand. By investing in this growing sector through increased recycling in the state, all Michigan residents can help strengthen our economy.
Guided by DEQ discussions with businesses and the public, Gov. Rick Snyder presented his "Proposed Plan of Action on Recycling" in April 2014. It aims to make recycling easier for all Michiganders, with convenient access to residential recycling. It also aims to make recycling even more economically beneficial, with further market development for recycled products.
Gov. Snyder appointed a nine-member Governor’s Recycling Council to advise the DEQ in implementing the Governor’s Residential Recycling Plan so that the state can achieve a 30 percent residential recycling rate within two years.
Michigan Recycling Resources:
- Press Release: Snyder announces statewide recycling initiative
- Participants in Governor Snyder’s 2014 Recycling Initiative
- GRC Comments to the SWSAP
Governor’s Recycling Council Meetings
- Recycling Initiative Status Update September 2014
- Recycling Initiative Status Update November 2014
- Recycling Initiative Status Update January 2015
- Recycling Initiative Status Update March 2015
- Recycling Initiative Status Update May 13, 2015
- Recycling Initiative Status Update July 14, 2015
- Governor's Recycling Council Meeting - September 22, 2015
- Governor's Recycling Council Meeting - November 3, 2015
- Governor's Recycling Council Meeting - January 12, 2016
- Governor's Recycling Council Meeting - March 10, 2016
- Governor's Recycling Council Meeting - May 18, 2016