Ronald Ginther, a mason resident, recycles cardboard, bottles and plastic at the Delhi-Holt Recycling Center.
“I am so glad that they have this complex because others have shut down,” Ginther said.
Delhi-Holt Sheep as an alternative to modern landscaping.
Holt Journal staff writer
Delhi Township set the standard last fall by winning Gold at the Michigan Green Communities conference in natural resource conservation, green economic development and energy efficiency. A year later, Delhi is continuing to maintain this status by implementing new green initiative projects and continuing past ones.
From the implementation of the new Scrappy program to the annual Reuse Rally, the Department of Public Services and the Township Board members are constantly working on green initiative projects, Department of Public Services Administrative Secretary Eva Walacavage said.
“Sandra Diorka [Public Services Director] is very committed and spearheads many of the green initiative projects including the Scrappy pilot program,” Walacavage said.
Although the sheep are the face of green initiative projects in Delhi, the latest project to launch is the piloted Scrappy program. This program allows students to not only recycle cans and bottles, but their food waste as well into bins called Scrappy. From there the bins are taken to the wastewater treatment plant and poured into the digesters to form electricity.
“Many National Honors Students volunteer as a part of their program to recycle paper and plastics along with the food bins,” said counseling office secretary Pam Livingston.
The current Scrappy program remains solely in schools, but may include commercial partners in the future, Sandra Diorka said in an email.
Sheep, gardens and other initiatives
Other programs that have evolved are the Delhi sheep, the community gardens and the Reuse Rally.
The flock was purchased in 2008 to act as an alternative to landscape maintenance of the native grass around the waste-treatment site. The sheep have now taken on the role of producing wool product.