By Jackie Dumbleton
Meridian Times staff writer
MERIDIAN — With April as Earth Month, Meridian Township celebrated with sustainable events and new green efforts.
According to LeRoy Harvey, recycling manager of Meridian, the township has recently begun to increase sustainability and educate residents on how to live green. An example of this is the expanded recycling options at the Meridian recycling center, managed by Reclaimed by Design.
Trevor Hoover, Reclaimed by Design owner and operator, said the center now accepts clear and brown glass, tin and aluminum, plastics #1-6, mixed paper and magazines, newspaper, and corrugated cardboard. The center is also recycling polystyrene, or Styrofoam.
Extended hours also help to encourage recycling, with business hours Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday and Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hoover hopes to continue recycling options and sustainability efforts outside the facility. “I want to start a surplus store because I get so much stuff here that people would like, so that could be around the corner as well,” said Hoover.
[Listen to the full interview with Trevor Hoover from Reclaimed by Design]
Hoover said that in recent years there has been an increase in recycling at the center, and according to Harvey, many businesses in the area have been inspired by the township’s sustainability projects and have started going green.
One of those businesses is Meridian Plumbing, which is now advocating and selling high-efficiency home equipment, such as tank-less water heaters and hybrid HVAC systems.
And plumbing sustainability doesn’t end there. “We’d like to be the first private service provider in the greater Lansing area to have the first all electric service vehicle,” said Craig Phillipich of Meridian Plumbing. “I see that coming in the next couple of years. Other than that, we try to keep a pulse on technology, products and programs that promote sustainability and pass those along to our clients.”
According to Phillipich, discussing the business green efforts with customers is putting it ahead in the market. “Just an overall sense of obligation is met when your business practices sustainability measures. We do what we can, within our means, to help offset our footprint,” Phillipich said.
To educate residents to go green, the township held several events during April encouraging residents to recycle. On April 14, RecycleRama took place at the Ingham County Health Department where residents could drop off recyclable materials for free.
Another major recycling event was held Saturday, April 28 at the Meridian Municipal Complex, which accepted electronics, pharmaceuticals, books, large metals, bicycles, polystyrene, packing peanuts and athletic shoes.
More green events are also planned throughout May, such as a hazardous waste collection, a sustainable urban landscape seminar, and latex paint recycling.