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Bills would update Michigan’s bottle, recycling laws: What would change
New legislation introduced in the Michigan Legislature aims to expand the state’s “Bottle Bill,” and to modernize the state’s recycling system. Sen. Sean McCann (D-Kalamazoo) and Rep. Christine Morse (D-Portage) introduced legislation to update the 40-year-old bill, proposing an expansion of items allowed. Senate Bill 167 and House Bill 4331 would expand the state’s current 10-cent deposit on certain soft drinks, beer, and other carbonated beverages to all other non-carbonated beverages, except for milk containers. The proposed bills would also:Permit universal redemption, allowing consumers to take any recyclable bottle to a large store while allowing smaller stores to maintain smaller takebacks. ”Michigan’s four decade-old ‘Bottle Bill’ was an innovative approach to promote recycling and prevent littering,” said Sen. McCann.
Where to recycle your Christmas tree in Metro Detroit
Don’t fret: The end of Christmas can mean a new beginning for your Christmas tree through recycling. After the holidays are over, many cities offer pick up or drop off services for Christmas tree recycling. Here’s a list of some Christmas tree recycling options available to Metro Detroiters:Note: In order for a tree to be recycled, it must be bare of any decorations or accessories that are not naturally part of the tree. Royal OakResidents can leave undecorated Christmas trees at their curb for pick up during the first two weeks of January. If your city is not offering a Christmas tree recycling service, you may be able to drop off your natural tree at a local compost facility.
CEO of Recycle Ann Arbor discusses plans for new facility
ANN ARBOR – In mid-November, it was announced that Recycle Ann Arbor received significant investments to rebuild its materials sorting facility that had been closed since 2016. Recycle Ann Arbor came up with the rest in the largest-ever fundraising effort for the 40-year-old organization. CEO of Recycle Ann Arbor, Bryan Ukena, said the new state-of-the-art facility will eliminate the need to send the city’s recyclables across state lines. Recycle Ann Arbor will be using the shell of that building for its new facility, and will install all new equipment. The land is owned by the city, and Recycle Ann Arbor has a ground lease to lease the land and outer building.
New Washtenaw County solid waste authority wins $125,000 grant
ANN ARBOR, Mich. The Washtenaw Regional Resource Management Authority has won a $125,000 grant from The Recycling Partnership and the Michigan Department of Energy, Great Lakes, and Environment. The grant will support WRRMAs goal of reducing recycling contamination, improving the long-term sustainability of local recycling systems and increasing the recycling rate of member communities. We know from experience that educating residents to recycle the correct way is key to creating and sustaining successful recycling programs for WRRMAs member communities in Washtenaw County, said Martin. According to the release, approximately 30-35% of the materials currently recycled by Washtenaw County residents in WRRMAs service territory are contaminated by non-recyclable items like food waste and plastic bags. In other US cities, the TRP tagging program has shown a 20-40% decrease in recycling contamination.
Hundreds of Metro Detroiters line up to return months worth of bottles, cans
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. When Michigan Gov. READ: Heres everything thats reopening today in Michigan after COVID-19 shutdownIve never drank so much pop, resident Marlon Cook said. Cook and hundreds of others lined up at the Kroger in Sterling Heights, eager to get rid of their cans. If you have hundreds of cans at home, you will likely have to make multiple trips to the store. At the Kroger in Sterling Heights, residents can only return $25 worth of cans at a time.
Michigan stores can start accepting bottle, can returns immediately
DETROIT Michigan stores can start accepting bottle and can returns, effective immediately, according to state officials. Bottle and can returns have been shut down in Michigan due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. All supermarkets with bottle return machines are required to start accepting returns by June 15, but the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy announced Friday that stores can start doing so immediately. Establish special or limited hours of operation for bottle returns. Periodically close bottle deposit facilities as needed for cleaning and supply management.
Have too many bottles and cans? Oxford police want you to donate them
OXFORD, Mich. For many people across Metro Detroit their garage is becoming overwhelmed by all the bottles and cans they cant return to the store amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. READ: With bottle and can returns on hold, Michigan recyclers worry about massive backlogThe Oxford Police Department is hoping some people wont mind donating their cans and bottles to help a good cause. Watch the video above for the full story.
Woman hits Detroit store clerk with bag of cans because she can’t return them during COVID-19 pandemic
DETROIT – A woman hit a clerk with a bag of empty cans and bottles last week because she couldn’t return them during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Detroit police said. She asked the clerk if she could cash in the empties. When the clerk told her bottle returns were suspended because of COVID-19, the woman became upset and struck the clerk with one of the bags, police said. Police are looking for the woman, who is described as black and about 40-50 years old. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detroit Police Department’s 7th Precinct at 313-596-5740 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.