By Katie Dudlets
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter
April 23 is a big day for the environment in Meridian Township. Upcoming Spring Clean and Go Green! and Love-A-Park Day events are giving volunteers a chance to participate in a community-wide effort to recycle items they have at home and to beautify the natural areas all over the township. Chippewa Middle School’s parking lot will be filled with volunteers accepting recyclable items at the annual recycling event, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. that Saturday. “This recycling event is a convenient way to recycle or reuse items that you may not be able to recycle curbside or even at your local recycling center,” said Recycling and Energy Coordinator LeRoy Harvey.
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.
The dorms and classrooms at Michigan State University are filled with numerous recycling bins for all types of materials. However, when students move off-campus, they find their recycling options very limited. Most apartments in East Lansing do not offer recycling pickup, forcing residents to either drive their recyclables to other drop-off areas or simply throw them in the trash. Campus Village apartments is one housing complex that does not have a recycling system, and Community Manager Katie Larner says it is just not easy enough to simply put out bins. However, there has been some unhappy residents that want the ability to recycle in their communities.
Michigan is no stranger when it comes to water crises. The poisonous water throughout Flint has been one of the top stories across the country as of late. There are have been many fundraisers and donations across the country, especially in Michigan, in order to help Flint with their tragedy. However, Meridian Township realizes that they must not only help Flint, but also take action to prevent something like this happening to them in the near future. It can happen to any community.
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.
Pat Bridson, a pharmacist of Clinton County, would merely glance at each bottle of old medication before tossing them into cardboard boxes to be shipped to an incinerator. Along with a local police officer, they had filled up three cardboard boxes and it wasn’t even noon. Bath Township hosted a medication disposal program for any residents of Clinton County on Saturday, March 18. The program is intended for anyone interested in throwing away used or old medications in a clean manner. “It’s hard to believe they have so much of this stuff,” said Bridson.
MSU’s Division of Residential and Hospitality Services are encouraging students to reduce, reuse and recycle through their Pack Up, Pitch In, Help Out campaign. The campaign is a way for MSU to live up to it’s green motto by promoting environmental sustainability during residence hall move-out. Students can recycle plastics, paper, cardboard, wood, carpet, clothing and nonperishable foods, along with other items. These materials can be dropped off at designated drop-off locations, such as inside residence halls and at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center until May 14th.