Warren and Detroit receive DEQ Recycling Infrastructure Grants to fund curbside carts

For Immediate Release
November 15, 2018 

Elizabeth Garver, Recycling Specialist, garvere2@michigan.gov, 586-753-3837
DEQ Media Office, deq-assist@michigan.gov, 517-284-9278

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) officials announced $575,000 will be awarded to the cities of Warren and Detroit to support the purchase of curbside recycling carts through the 2018 DEQ Recycling Infrastructure Grant program.

 The 2018 Recycling Infrastructure Grant assists communities with improving recycling collection infrastructure; this initiative is a part of Governor Rick Snyder’s ongoing commitment to increase recycling in Michigan.

The city of Warren will receive $500,000 to support the purchase of 25,000 recycling carts, and the city of Detroit will receive $75,000 to support the purchase of 7,000 recycling carts.  Grant funds were matched at a rate of over 130 percent and represent a total cart infrastructure investment of more than $1.3 million.  This investment will result in increased recovery of recyclable material, growth in resident participation and the opportunity for recycling education in both cities.

Even with recent recycling market disruptions, the majority of Michigan communities are recognizing the many benefits recycling provides and are not only staying the course to maintain recycling programs, but are further investing resources toward improved services for their residents. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/mirecycles.