Michigan Recycling Initiatives

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    Michigan has a statewide goal of tripling its current recycling rate from 15 percent to 45 percent. 

    To achieve this goal, five priority initiatives have been established: revising Part 115 solid waste laws, launching the Re:Source Market Development initiative, having state office buildings leading by example in recycling, developing a statewide Education and Engagement Campaign, and obtaining funding for recycling and solid waste management.

    While the Department has received other additional recommendations to increase recycling in Michigan, these five priorities will be focused on first in order to best further our state in meeting its recycling and materials management goals.

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Education & Engagement

  • Education and Engagement

    • Education and Engagement IconEnsuring residents understand the importance of recycling and how it can properly be done in their community will be critical to increasing recycling statewide. The "Know It Before You Throw It" campaign, commonly known as "Recycling Raccoons", was developed to help residents understand their role in increasing the quantity and quality of material that is recycled in residential areas, businesses, and schools and help triple the state's recycling rate.



  • Funding Information

    • Funding IconMichigan needs a sustainable, broad-based, long term funding mechanism to implement a strong 21st century materials management system and implement the statewide initiative to more than double the recycling rate.