By Aundreana Jones-Poole
Holt Journal staff reporter
The Delhi Charter Township’s recycling center and other recycling programs are increasing environmental awareness in Holt.
According to the Public Services Department section of the township website, Delhi has instituted some recycling programs to reduce health hazards and help the environment and are improving them constantly.
Sewer backups and overflows can damage home interiors, cause health hazards, and threaten the environment, according to the website. In an effort to combat this, Delhi has instituted a grease-recycling program.
‘This program started many years ago in response to the Sanitary Sewer Overflow Regulation,” said Sandra Diorka, Director of Public Services. “Now grease is fed to the digester system for energy production.”
According to the website, household greases and oils are recycled into products like bio-diesel, pet food and cosmetics.
“Delhi has purchased two batches of household grease containers,” said Diorka.
Resident Judy Hampton believes that this program is good for the community but isn’t utilized like it should be.
“These recycling programs are protecting our environment and our homes from decay and not enough people know about them or care,” said Hampton.
Hampton says that she’s been using programs such as the recycling center for years but she didn’t know about the grease program.
“I’ve had backed-up pipes before that could have been because of that very reason and now that I know about the grease recycling program I’m certainly going to use it,” said Hampton.
According to Diorka, the program has had somewhat of an impact. “We have had a decrease in sewer backups caused by grease,” said Diorka.
Diorka has observed the impact on the community that this program has had. “Students at Holt High School borrowed our water quality/recycling mascot for a senior prank and adorned him with a banner saying the senior class recycles,” said Diorka.
According to Steven Miller, an assistant professor at Michigan State University and specialist at the Center for Economic Analysis, these programs that Delhi has aren’t uncommon.
“Overall communities are tuned in to this, even small communities have recycling programs,” said Miller.
However, Miller believes that the most beneficial item being recycled isn’t at the recycling centers.
“Aluminum is much more beneficial to recycle than plastic,” said Miller. “That’s why places like Michigan have 10 cents deposit making it easier to recycle.
Miller says that Michigan doesn’t seem to offer as many recycling centers as other places that don’t offer that deposit.
“When first moving here I found it hard to find a recycling center,” said Miller. Miller came from a town where there wasn’t a deposit offered for aluminum at retail outlets, and therefore sites that as a need for more recycling centers.
“There is also less concern about pollution from plastics and other materials now, according to Miller. “Most landfills are pretty sealed up not,” said Miller.