Nextcycle Michigan selects teams for Flows Innovation Challenge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 28, 2021
EGLE Media Office, EGLE-Assist@Michigan.gov, 517-284-9278

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) NextCycle Michigan initiative has selected eight teams for the Foods, Liquids, & Organic Waste Systems (FLOWS) Innovation Challenge.

Each team selected has a project focused on transforming organics recovery from food recovery and collection to new end markets for finished compost, with the goal of improving Michigan's circular economy. Teams will participate in an accelerator experience designed to take their idea to the next level. 

Organizations and projects selected are:

Organization  

Project 

Location 

Cocoa Corporation

Composting medium density fiberboard with food waste 

Holland, MI

Mi Terro Inc.

Ocean degradable and home compostable packaging materials made from agricultural waste 

City of Industry, CA

ReMark  

A sustainable community-based compost solution in Detroit 

Detroit, MI

Savormetrics 

AI-driven sensing solution for food and agriculture industries to prevent waste

Southfield, MI

SEEDS 

Scaling organics diversion in greater Grand Traverse 

Traverse City, MI

Unlimited Recycling, Inc.

Scaling organic collection services in Southeast Michigan

Richmond, MI

Urban Ashes 

Developing circular urban wood supply chains in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County

Ann Arbor, MI

Wormies, LLC

Scaling food and yard waste collection and vermicompost operation in West Michigan

Grand Rapids, MI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NextCycle Michigan is an EGLE initiative that leverages public and private sector assistance along with investment across six Innovation Challenge Tracks to improve Michigan's recycling and waste recovery system. Boosting recycling and developing innovative solutions will create jobs, improve the quality of life, reduce greenhouse gases, and help Michigan on its path to carbon neutrality by 2050. 

"The NextCycle Michigan initiative works to provide opportunities to all organizations," said Matt Flechter, Recycling Market Development Specialist, of EGLE. "This includes actively recruiting minority‑owned businesses and encouraging new or existing businesses to locate in Michigan cities that have previously been excluded from the formal labor market or have larger populations of under-employed individuals." 

50 percent of FLOWS teams are minority- or women-owned organizations.  

EGLE's NextCycle Michigan initiative has selected eight teams for the FLOWS Innovation Challenge.

Learn more about the FLOWS teams on the website.

The FLOWS Challenge Track is focused on transforming organics recovery beginning with food recovery and collection to new end markets for finished compost with the goal of improving Michigan's circular economy.

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