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Talkin' trash, recycling and more: EGLE asks Michigan communities for data as it plans future programs

Electronic waste recycling event

All over Michigan, municipalities have garbage, recycling and organic waste programs of varying scales and types. But nowhere is this information kept in a central location.

To make informed decisions about future materials management programs, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has undertaken its Mega Data Initiative to gather the information.

The data will also help counties as they develop materials management plans.

EGLE is asking Michigan municipalities to take an online survey about their materials management programs including reuse, recycling, composting, and other waste diversion activities.

"By completing this survey, municipalities will have access to powerful analytics highlighting their materials management programs strengths, where gaps exist, potential improvements in service, and other opportunities," said Elizabeth Browne, director of EGLE's Materials Management Division.

The data will help shape state and local policies that make smarter, more cost-effective decisions on waste disposal, diversion, and recycling programs.

For more information on this initiative, visit the Mega Data website.

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