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Topic: Recycling

We’re Talking Trash in Grand Rapids on Jan. 10

Michigan Environmental Report
Did you know that Michigan has the lowest recycling rate in the Great Lakes region? That’s right, Ohio has us beat. But we have good news! We’ve been hard at work revamping Michigan’s solid waste law. If the current version is passed, it’ll boost recycling, composting and generate new green jobs. Join Michigan Environmental Council for “Talking Trash” -- the first in our new Michigan Distilled event series. Our resident recycling expert will share more about the bill, how it’ll affect West Michigan and what you can do to help it pass.
View ArticleJan 10, 2018  •  Fall 2017 / Winter 2018 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation, Recycling

Polly Products of Michigan turns your milk jugs into park benches

Michigan Environmental Report
Simple and functional, the humble park bench rarely attracts a second look. It’s a ubiquitous feature of our public spaces and streetscapes. No wonder most passersby take it for granted.
View ArticleAug 6, 2017  •  Spring / Summer 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Green Economy, Recycling

Michigan Environmental Council lays out policy agenda for 2017-2018

Press Releases
Testing all children for lead exposure, passing a statewide code for septic systems and becoming the first state east of the Mississippi River to open an Office of Outdoor Recreation are among the priorities in a new policy agenda unveiled Monday by the Michigan Environmental Council.
Read MoreJan 30, 2017

Michigan Environmental Council Policy Priorities 2017-2018

Research Reports
Following the Flint water crisis, it is clear that state government must refocus its attention on protecting public health and the environment. Michigan Environmental Council will focus on the following priorities in the 2017-2018 legislative session. These policy priorities were developed in collaboration with our member organizations from throughout Michigan.
Download ReportJan 30, 2017

MEC uses panel appointment to push for more recycling and composting, less landfilling

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan’s landfill-first approach to waste management is getting a much-needed overhaul, and MEC is helping to lead the charge. For more than a year, Deputy Policy Director Sean Hammond has served on the state’s Solid Waste and Sustainability Advisory Panel (SWSAP), created by the Department of Environmental Quality to review Part 115 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, which regulates solid waste management. The SWSAP also includes Kerrin O’Brien, executive director of MEC member group Michigan Recycling Coalition, along with local governments, waste industry representatives and others. While it is different from the Governor’s Recycling Council created a year earlier specifically to increase residential recycling rates, the groups play complimentary roles in moving recycling forward in Michigan.
View ArticleJan 15, 2017  •  Fall 2016 / Winter 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report
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