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State's clean recycling campaign continues

April 6, 2020

EGLE offers tips for communities with suspended recycling operations

In these times of shortage, recycling efforts are more important than ever. Because of this, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy encourages residents to join in the state's Know It Before You Throw It recycling initiative to contribute to the production of essential resources.

"Recycling remains an important issue for Michigan," said Jack Schinderle, director of the Materials Management Division at EGLE. "The materials collected from drop-offs and curbside collection programs are used in manufacturing new products, such as toilet paper and shipping containers."

If a community's recycling program is temporarily suspended, residents are encouraged to:

  • Store recyclables, including beverage deposit containers
  • Rinse, empty and dry all containers
  • Store materials in a dry area, indoors if possible, in bins or boxes
  • Save plastic bags for reuse or recycling at a participating retailer
  • Remember to empty items if stored in a bag before recycling
  • Flatten boxes to save space

Recycling benefits from collective action throughout the state, Schinderle said.

"Front-line workers in the recycling industry keep the materials management system running," Schinderle said. "We are able to work together toward a cleaner, stronger Michigan through those who are getting up and going out there every day to do work on behalf of all of us."

For more information about recycling in Michigan, go to

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