Michigan is playing catch-up in the recycling game

By Chris Hung
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

With Michigan still trailing behind other Great Lakes states in recycling rates, plans in Meridian Township are in place to ensure it does not get left behind. An estimate projects that $435 million of recyclable material annually goes to the landfill, instead of recycling facilities in Michigan. “Michigan is not stellar at recycling,” Recycling and Energy Coordinator LeRoy Harvey explained. “Meridian is no exception, but efforts are in place to expand our recycling program.”

A current, updated goal is in place to bring Michigan’s rate of recycling up to 30 percent, to compete with neighboring states. While Michiganders recycle up to 90 percent of all their bottles and cans, it only makes up about 2 percent of all waste.

Grand Ledge recycling struggles to get participation

By DeVinnia Moore
Living in the Ledge Staff Reporter

Recycling is essential to the environment, but for the city of Grand Ledge could it be too inconvenient and expensive? City Street Supervisor Chad Brunton said residents want to recycle but just do not take it seriously. “I want to recycle but I don’t because throwing things away is just way more convenient,” said Kristin Harper, a 20-year-old Grand Ledge resident. Harper said she tried recycling her bottles and plastics to the recycling center, but now that the hours are reduced it is even more difficult to find time. In 1993 an old city dump was turned into the Grand Ledge recycling center.

Trash, recycling pickup rates raise in DeWitt

By Diamond Henry
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — At the city of DeWitt’s City Council meeting on Oct. 27, the Granger company was present as part of an annual review of its trash-hauling services for the city. Granger has been partnered with the city for recycling and waste management for three years via a public competitive bid, according to city administrator Daniel Coss. Granger services is a Lansing-based company and provides services throughout Michigan and other states. The energy they collect from the waste around mid-Michigan, according to the review, provides 14,000 homes with electricity.

Delhi Charter Township is getting into recycling

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.