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2021 By the Numbers -- NextCycle Michigan initiative makes mark in first year

EGLE Director Liesl Clark at virtual NextCycle Michigan announcement Since the NextCycle Michigan initiative started, it has made its mark in promoting recycling activities that divert materials from Michigan landfills, boost local economies, and support Gov. Whitmer's climate change priorities through reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

NextCycle Michigan is a unique public-private partnership designed to attract end markets for recyclable materials through new companies and new jobs in Michigan, leveraging state dollars with private investment. It is the largest collaborative effort in state history to spark the state's recycling and recovery economy.

Here's a 2021 NextCycle Michigan summary:

  • 180 applications submitted.
  • 66 teams accept to NextCycle MI Challenge Tracks.
  • 22 projects helping reduce climate impacts of food and organic waste.
  • 40 public and private sector grantees totaling $3 million in grant funds.
  • 148.5 million people reached with the initiative's message in the first week after its launch.
  • $200,000 awarded to micros teams, including women and minority-led projects.
  • 113 formal public and private sector partnerships.

Check out the NextCycle Michigan video that includes more information.

In 2022, watch for more projects, partnerships and funding opportunities.

Caption: Screenshot of EGLE Director Liesl Clark at virtual NextCycle Michigan announcement.

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