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  • A forklift works to move plastic materials at the Michigan State University Surplus Store and Recycling Center When it comes to recycling plastics, keep it clean – and know the rules - When it comes to recycling plastics, keep it clean – and know the rules From car parts to trash carts to pop bottles: Recycled plastics have a number of uses. This story was originally published on The Detroit Free Press.…
  • Plastic cups stacked on a table Michigan aims to double recycling rate by 2025 - This story was originally published by WOOD-TV for eightWest. So many events are now using completely recyclable cups and containers. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy is commending Fabri-Kal and their recycling efforts. Fabri-Kal is a leading…
  • Two orange Simple Recycling bags to the left of a green recycling bin ‘Recycling never goes out of style’: Find new uses for your old clothes - 'Recycling never goes out of style': Find new uses for your old clothes This story was originally published on The Detroit Free Press. Behold those pit-stained T-shirts, socks with holes in the heels and out-of-style paisley-patterned dress shirts taking up…
  • Waste not this holiday season – or at least recycle as much as possible - Waste not this holiday season – or at least recycle as much as possible This story was originally published on The Detroit Free Press. While the holidays are a time to spread joy and happiness among family and friends, they’re…
  • Unworking electronics wait to be recycled Comprenew prevents electronic items from ending up in landfills - Comprenew prevents electronic items from ending up in landfills  This story was originally published by FOX17 for Morning Mix. Morning Mix has partnered with the Michigan Department of Environment Great Lakes Energy to talk about recycling. However, this goes…
  • Recycling – how to do it correctly - This story was originally published by WOOD-TV for eightWest. GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – This is truly a time of year filled with “stuff”, we give and receive over the holidays. We’re also purging to make space and even trying…
  • Multiple types of batteries placed on a table Learn the rules for recycling batteries - Learn the rules for recycling batteries This story was originally published on ClickonDetroit.com/live-in-the-d. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy has launched a “Know It Before You Throw It” campaign to help consumers recycle more. One item that…
  • Paper McKay - Recycling Raccoon - holds a folded newspaper Paper recycling featuring Paper McKay - This story was originally published by WSYM for Morning Blend. Jill Greenberg, Spokeswoman, and Paper McKay, Recycling Raccoon, Michigan Dept of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy, talk about their Know It Before You Throw It initiative and how they are…
  • Man holding full reycling bin Plastic recycling 101 - This story was originally published by WOOD-TV for eightWest. For all the great natural resources we have in Michigan, it might surprise you to know, our state is among one of the lowest recycling states in the nation! Recycling has…
  • Recycled, shreded plastic ready to be melted and molded into recycled plastic Learn how this company uses recycled plastic to make high-quality products - Learn how this company uses recycled plastic to make high-quality products This story was originally published by FOX17 for Morning Mix. Plastic. It's in cars, refrigerators, furniture, computers and so many other objects we encounter in our everyday lives. Recycling…
  • Different types of paper on a table Not all paper is recyclable – learn how to recognize the trash - Not all paper is recyclable – learn how to recognize the trash This story was originally published by WDIV Channel 4 for Live in the D. The holidays are approaching us fast! If you plan to wrap gifts or open…
  • White recycling truck picks up blue curbside recycling bins in Grand Rapids Not all paper can be recycled; here’s what goes in the bin - Not all paper can be recycled; here’s what goes in the bin This story was originally published by FOX17 for Morning Mix. Paper is one of those things everyone knows can be recycled, however what's lesser known is that not…
  • Green and Yellow Paper Gator Recycling Bin Paper recycling 101 - Paper recycling 101 This story was originally published by WOOD-TV for eightWest. When you think about it, we have a lot of paper surrounding us on a daily basis, the books we read, letters we receive in the mail and…
  • Flattened cardboard compressed into cubes, stacked and ready to be picked up for recycling Cardboard recycling 101 - Cardboard Recycling 101 This story was originally published by WOOD-TV for woodtv.com/eightwest. Think about it, these days, we have a lot of things delivered to us through the mail. While it’s convenient, it also uses a lot of cardboard! Cardboard…
  • Recycle Here Logo painted on the side of a building Learn the rules of recycling cardboard - Learn the rules of recycling cardboard This story was originally published by WDIV for clickondetroit.com/live-in-the-d. After the last piece of pizza has been eaten, and the clothes from your online shopping spree have been hung with care, what do you…
  • Carlos Cardboard - Recycling Racoon holds piece of cardboard What’s the secret to recycling cardboard? Ask Michigan’s Recycling Raccoons - What’s the secret to recycling cardboard? Ask Michigan’s Recycling Raccoons This story was originally published on the Detroit Free Press website. If you want to improve your recycling habits, it’s best to listen to the experts. That’s why we asked…
  • Gladys Glass - Recycling Racoon Holds a Glass Jar Recycling Glass 101 - Recycling Glass 101 This story was originally published by WOOD-TV for woodtv.com/eightwest. You may know that recycling has many benefits including energy savings, reduction in water use, decreases in greenhouse gases and conserving resources to name a few. But did…
  • Blue bin that says "we recycle" with recycleable products inside Recycling glass? You may be doing it all wrong and here’s why - Recycling glass? You may be doing it all wrong and here's why This story was originally published by WDIV for clickondetroit.com/live-in-the-d. Live in the D's  Kila Peeples ventured to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) to learn more about how…
  • West Michigan craft breweries, Raccoon Squad clear on benefits of glass recycling - West Michigan craft breweries, Raccoon Squad clear on benefits of glass recycling   This story was originally published on MLive Media Group. But for West Michigan craft beer producers Founders Brewing Co. and Bell’s Brewery, it’s an opportunity to help Mother…
  • Campbell's Soup Can The Do’s and Don’ts of Recycling: How to do it properly - Everyone knows recycling materials is good for the planet and reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. It's also good for business as companies that use those recycled materials grow and produce like new products used solely…
  • Squares of crushed recycling products Think you’re recycling the right way? Here’s what you need to know - Everyday you're likely to use some sort of can or metal, whether it's a pop or soup can. What do you do when you are finished with it? Toss it in the trash? You should consider recycling them.
  • Recycled Products Recycling metal – what you need to know - In an average day, you will likely come in contact with many different types of metal products – everything from pop cans to canned food containers – but how can we do our part to make sure we’re recycling these…
  • Man creating art from recycled metal Metal recycling in southeast Michigan takes many shapes — including art - For professional artist Chris Nesbitt, conversations about metal can get heavy, sometimes into the hundreds of pounds.
  • City of Grand Rapids Recycling Bin What happens to plastic after it’s recycled - Did you know that Michigan has the lowest recycling rate in the Great Lakes? There's a new promotion out from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) that wants to double the number of people recycling in…
  • Nyla P. Lastic expresses the importance of cleaning plastic materials before recycling What happens to plastic bottles when you recycle them? - Every day, you likely use all kinds of plastic - everything from water bottles to containers, and you may be recycling them, but are you doing it right?
  • Two kids in front of kiddie pool Meet the furry faces of Michigan’s new recycling campaign - Turns out, the best person for the job of promoting the Know It Before You Throw It campaign isn’t a person at all. It’s a raccoon – six of them, to be precise.
  • Recycling Racoons Commerical Did you know there’s a right way and a wrong way to recycle? - Many people do not know that plastic bags cannot be recycled. Some stores may accept them once you've used them, but generally don't leave them curbside with the garbage.
  • Recycling Bin at West Michigan White Caps Baseball Recycling at the Ballpark - We all want to help keep our earth clean, and one way we do that is by recycling. As we know, there are many things that are considered recyclables, but there also a lot of common mistakes that people make!
  • Little girl helping rinse yogurt container Confused about recycling? Talk to the Raccoon Squad - Celine and Joe Sommerdyke are determined to help save the planet. But hectic days spent shuttling between work and taking care of their one-year old daughter mean that recycling do’s and don’ts are among the last things the Comstock Park…
  • Video still of raccoons on recycling bins “Know It Before You Throw It” campaign informs people about rules of recycling - Recycling has many benefits including energy savings, reduction in water use, decreases in greenhouse gases and conserving resources to name a few. But only 15 percent of Michiganders recycle, the lowest in the Great Lakes region and among the lowest…
  • Members of EGLE with Raccoon Mascot EGLE kicks off Know It Before You Throw It education campaign in state’s first-ever effort to promote cleaner recycling - EGLE kicks off Know It Before You Throw It education campaign in state’s first-ever effort to promote cleaner recycling Goal is to reduce contaminated materials going into recycling bins and double state’s recycling rate to 30% by 2025 The Michigan…

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