In the biggest recycling announcement in Michigan since the bottle bill in 1976, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy said the largest collaborative effort in state history will spark the state's "recycling and recovery" economy.
Leaders of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy joined with the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, bipartisan lawmakers and Meijer to announce NextCycle Michigan, 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.
As part of the NextCycle Michigan initiative, EGLE announced that already in 2020 and 2021, $97 million is being committed to recycling projects through partners that in addition to Meijer include: Henry Ford Health System, GFL Environmental, Carton Council of North America, Goodwill Industries, Keurig Dr Pepper, Foodservice Packaging Institute, U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development, Emterra Environmental, Washtenaw County, Great Lakes Tissue and more than 30 Michigan companies, organizations and nonprofits.
"The NextCycle Michigan Initiative and Renew Michigan grants marks the largest push in state history to promote 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," EGLE Director Liesl Clark said during a virtual press conference.
Watch the press conference to learn more.
Photo caption: Screen shot from NextCycle Michigan virtual news conference.