‘It’s a disaster’: Dearborn Heights neighbors fed up with trash hauler as garbage piles up
The Dearborn Heights community is ready to dump its new trash hauler just months into a new contract because of significant complaints. Neighbors say they’re frustrated and fed up as the city contemplates ditching its trash hauler, who’s only been on the job for three months.
Can I recycle that? Ann Arbor’s guide to best recycling practices
ANN ARBOR – We recently received a reader question about whether recycling placed in plastic bags actually gets recycled or ends up in the landfill. When it comes to recycling, it can be difficult to determine which materials should be recycled or what the best way to dispose of recyclable materials is. Plastic bags of any kind should not be recycled, said Ukena. Did you know that Recycle Ann Arbor also has a searchable recycle guide? Do you have a question about something in Ann Arbor?
Washtenaw County awarded record-breaking $1.6M from EGLE to expand recycling
Recipients include Ann Arbor Public Schools, Recycle Ann Arbor, city of Ypsilanti, Dexter Community Schools, Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority and Washtenaw Regional Resource Management Authority. The department’s support of new research, education and recycling activities in Washtenaw County comes as Michigan sees an increase in curbside recycling as residents work from home, according to a release from EGLE. In addition to the $1.58 million in Washtenaw County grants, EGLE will build on the state-wide Know It Before You Throw It recycling education campaign, which launched last year. Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority (WWRA) was awarded $458,370 to purchase sorting equipment and a new truck. Another goal of the Washtenaw County funding is to reduce the number of contaminated recyclables that end up in recycling bins by providing educational messaging.
Beverage industry invests $800K to revive Ann Arbor recycling facility
ANN ARBOR – Recycle Ann Arbor was selected by the American Beverage Association to receive an $800,000 investment under its Every Bottle Back initiative to rebuild and reopen the city’s shuttered recycling facility. The closure of the city’s Materials Recovery Facility in 2016 subsequently diverted the processing of recyclable materials -- including the industry’s 100% recyclable polyethylene terephthalate plastic bottles --across state lines. “Local processing of recyclables brings a range of environmental, economic, and social benefits, creating a regional hub that will allow recycling to flourish,” Bryan Ukena, CEO of Recycle Ann Arbor said in a statement. Recycle Ann Arbor looks forward to bringing its 42 years of experience as a mission-based community recycler to the collaboration.”✉ Like what you’re reading? Overall, the beverage industry has committed to funding 11 initial projects like the reopening of the Ann Arbor recycling facility under Every Bottle Back to ensure its bottles are properly remade instead of polluting beaches, lakes or ending up in landfills.
Michigan rejects Macomb County sewage treatment lagoon plan
DETROIT Michigan regulators have rejected a suburban Detroit county's plan to convert state waters into an open-air sewage treatment lagoon. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy said Friday it had denied Macomb County's application to place the structure at the end of the Chapaton Retention Treatment Basin. Among them: removing illicit sewer connections, addressing failing septic systems and filtering stormwater tributaries to the Chapaton Retention Treatment Basin through upstream green infrastructure projects. Officials said they also had concerns about a potential public nuisance created by an open-air sewage lagoon so close to existing residences, boat launches and a marina. Read more: Looking for coronavirus (COVID-19) clues in Macomb Countys raw sewage
Waste-watching: Sewage can help track pandemic virus trends
Across the U.S. and in Europe, researchers and health officials say they can track the course of a community outbreak by studying the waste flushed from its bathrooms. (Biobot via AP)NEW YORK One county in Utah beat back a spike of pandemic virus infections in the spring, and another saw its rate jump. We can detect the virus anonymously, quickly and on a large scale," said Dutch health minister Hugo de Jonge. Were working on this with urgency.Wastewater surveillance has long been used to look for outbreaks of the polio virus. The sewage data can also help gauge the effect of changes in measures to fight the virus spread, Meyer added.