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Know It Before You Throw It recycling effort

Submitted by on August 19, 2019 – 12:54 amNo Comment

An effort is underway in Michigan to double the state’s recycling rate to 30 percent by 2025 and ultimately reach 45 percent.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy’s (EGLE) Know It Before You Throw It education campaign is officially kicking off in northeast Michigan Monday, (AUG 19) with a presentation at the Alpena Resource Recovery Facility.

The aim of the first-of-its-kind statewide push is to better inform Michiganders on what can and cannot be recycled and how to recycle correctly. The campaign also promotes awareness of cleaner recycling practices to reduce the amount of contaminated materials improperly going into recycling bins.

In conjunction with the effort, local leaders and elected officials are embarking on a new initiative to set an all-time local record in 2019 for the amount of plastic, paper and cardboard collected over a one-year span at the Alpena Resource Recovery Facility.

The current record of 1.16 million pounds was collected between November 1, 2017 and October 31, 2018.

The EGLE says Michigan’s current 15 percent recycling rate is the lowest in the Great Lakes states region and ranks among the nation’s lowest.