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.