Recycling rates on the rise in Lansing

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By Zachary Mitchell
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

Recycling is a big part of our community in the Greater Lansing area, and according to the operations manager at the Lansing Recycling Center, recycling rates in Lansing have gone up in the past year.

According to Matthew Nelly, the operations manager at the Lansing Recycling Center, social media is a huge spark in getting Lansing residents to recycle, and getting them to understand the aftermath of recycling in the community.

“Social media is our biggest tool. Showing what its actually doing to the environment. Those people who don’t want to recycle, when you actually show them the hard data and pictures of what its doing to the planet, it has a tendency to change their mind,” said Nelly.

As well as social media and getting residents to being eco-friendly, the Lansing Recycling Center also has employees on the inside that help out with the small details of recycling.

“One of the big things we do here is have employees that we have going through our piles that we have, pulling out paper, cardboard, anything that can be donated to the Volunteers of America, any chemicals, or anything harsh, just anything that shouldn’t be in our landfills,” said Nelly.

Though Lansing is putting up a large fight to make sure recycling becomes a habit for residents, according to the Capitol Area Recycling and Trash (CART) services, there is still much more that can and should be done in order for recycling procedures to be at higher levels.

“I would say most places are behind because there’s a lot still left that can be done. Just in the past year or two people have become more knowledgeable of the affects that getting rid of the waste can do to our planet, a lot of people are becoming more green and eco-friendly and wanting to recycle,” said a crew member of the CART.

Lansing residents are doing what they can to pick up slack when it comes to recycling.

“Lansing is doing what they can, we have a few places around here that are actually recycling, and as far as other places in the country, I would say that they are hopping on the bandwagon to start recycling too,” said Jon Bartholic, sustainability professor at Michigan State University.

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