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Recycled Materials Market Directory (RMMD)
Although recycling of waste materials is a good idea, the prevention of waste at the source and the reuse of waste without reprocessing are even more desirable from an environmental standpoint. Waste prevention and the in-house reuse of unavoidable waste almost always results in greater cost savings, lower energy consumption and lower environmental impact than recycling. All recyclers are urged to "Think Waste Prevention First." Recycle only those discarded materials that cannot be prevented or reused.
If your company is interested in collecting, processing or brokering Michigan-generated recycled material and you would like to list your company in the Michigan Recycled Materials Market Directory (RMMD), please download the RMMD (Word or PDF) form and return it to Jeff Spencer, (email@example.com) or fax it to 517/241-0858. With questions, call 517/241-5719.
The aim of the Michigan Recycled Materials Market Directory is to help Michigan businesses, communities, institutions and organizations find markets for recyclable materials. This directory includes listings for processors, collectors, and brokers in the following categories:
- DRUMS/BARRELS, (fiber, metal and plastic pails, buckets and totes) (printable version)
- GLASS,** (jars, bottles, windows, light bulbs, fluorescent bulbs, etc.) (printable version)
- METALS,** (iron, steel, copper, aluminum, zinc, etc.) (printable version)
- OILS AND SOLVENTS, (antifreeze, used oil & filters, solvents, wipes, industrial oils, etc.) (printable version)
- PAPER, (newsprint, office paper, magazines, corrugated containers, etc.) (printable version)
- PLASTICS, (polyethylene, PET, polypropylene, thermoplastics, #1-7, etc.) (printable version) You may also want to check the national directory of plastics recyclers sponsored by the American Plastics Council.
- PALLETS/WOOD/YARD CLIPPINGS, (pallets, construction and demolition debris, etc.) (printable version)
- MISCELLANEOUS, (scrap tires; dry cell batteries**; lead acid batteries; office equipment including computers, electronics, and toner cartridges; textiles, etc.) (printable version)
- COMPANY LIST (pdf), Alphabetical listing of all companies listed in the RMMD.
This directory of recycling collectors, brokers and processors was compiled by the Office of Environmental Assistance to provide information about potential markets for Michigan generated recyclable waste materials based on responses from the companies to a number of questions about their operations. The quality of service provided by each company is not known or implied by this listing. The Office of Environmental Assistance does not recommend or endorse the services or products of any particular company listed herein, does not inspect these facilities, and does not represent that the companies are, or are not, in compliance with applicable federal and state environmental laws. As a generator of waste, you are ultimately responsible for its disposition. Use good judgment when contracting with any entity included in this directory.
U.S. EPA Volume to Weight Conversion Table for Collected Recyclables
This directory lists companies and organizations that collect, process or serve as brokers for these materials. Information on "Minimum Quantity" and "Area" covered for pick-up is given, when known. However, pick-up is always dependent on how much material is available, the type and quality of the material and geographic area of the business. You may want to contact your local recycling contact for information about recycling businesses operating in your area.
The information in this directory is believed to be current, but market conditions for recyclable materials vary and the operations of many recycling companies frequently change. It is important to contact potential collectors, brokers or processors to determine current pick-up practices and prices.
OTHER MARKET DIRECTORIES
Part 169 of Public Act 451 requires haulers and collectors of scrap tires in Michigan to be registered with the Department of Environmental Quality:
- Scrap Tire Program. For a current list of licensed haulers and collectors, contact the program office at 517/335-2690.
For more information about mercury, and companies that accept mercury and mercury containing products for reclamation, please see Michigan's Mercury Pollution Prevention.