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  • Pingree wallet with money in it Pingree Detroit prioritizes people, planet and profits - Company hires veterans to fashion products out of automotive material destined for landfill All Jarret Schlaff really wanted to do was create meaningful employment for Detroit military veterans. He accomplished that with Pingree Detroit, the company he founded in 2015,…
  • A man gardening in a field. West Michigan composting king turns ‘worm poop’ into ‘black gold’ - GRAND RAPIDS — Luis Chen is Grand Rapids’ self-proclaimed “worm poop” king, and he couldn’t be more proud of the title. Chen is the owner of Wormies, a composting business that specializes in vermicomposting (composting with worms) and serves more than 300…
  • Recycling logo in white on a blue bin. Michiganders’ recycling rate up 35.4% to all-time high as access grows, new EGLE analysis shows - To continue the momentum of the national award-winning “Know It Before You Throw It” campaign, and coinciding with the start of Earth Week (April 18-22), EGLE also announced a record $7 million-plus in infrastructure and NextCycle Michigan grants in the largest-ever…
  • A truck picking up waste from recycling bins in a neighborhood. Think green during spring cleaning by focusing on recycling and reusing - A recycling truck in a residential neighborhood is shown picking up a blue container containing paper materials. Spring is considered a time of renewal — and Michigan recycling experts say that also goes for much of the unwanted stuff lying…
  • Nextcycle Michigan Web Banner EGLE, Michigan Chamber of Commerce and more than 30 partners join with bipartisan lawmakers to announce NextCycle Michigan - Kickoff highlight includes EGLE’s award of record-setting combined total of $4.9 million in Renew Michigan recycling grants to 45 community, business and nonprofit recipients in almost every region of the state https://youtu.be/FLujqHh9xhI LANSING – Leaders of the Michigan Department of Environment,…
  • Blue bin that says "we recycle" with recycleable products inside Fix your recycling mistakes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_rOCJptAlg This story was originally published by FOX47 for "Morning Blend." Lori Welch, Sustainability Manager for the City of Lansing, talks about recycling mistakes.
  • A pile of goods to be recycled at a recycling center Common recycling mistakes and ways to help our environment - This story was originally published by WOOD-TV for "eightWest." Michigan and states across the country are seeing big increases in curbside recycling since so many us are spending more time at home and working from home to help prevent the spread…
  • Blue Recycling Bin with City of Grand Rapids logo How EGLE is working to reduce waste in our landfills -   This story was originally published by FOX17 for "Morning Mix." The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is dedicated to reducing waste that ends up in landfills. The department recently acquired grant money to renovate and update…
  • A recycling symbol surrounded by recyclable materials Find out if you’re recycling the correct way - https://www.youtube.com/embed/FqTC0Wq0LEM This story was originally published by WILX for "Studio 10." If you’re trying to be greener and recycling more in 2021, there’s a possibility that you’re doing it the wrong way. Lori Welch, the Sustainability Manager for the city…
  • A raccoon wearing a blue scarf holds a battery Energize Your Recycling Know-How - https://www.youtube.com/embed/5UjYZsuZItw This story was originally published by WDIV for "Live in the D." More people are recycling in Michigan and across the country. Curbside pickup is a great convenience, but are you recycling the correct way? “Live in the D” host…
  • Workers separating paper and plastic on a conveyor belt in a recycling facility Recycling industry will be key to building back Michigan economy - Recycling not only is good for the environment, but it also has a wide-ranging economic impact The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the importance of recycling in Michigan and put a greater emphasis on increasing the quality of the state’s recyclable…
  • Empty wheeled garbage barrels and recycling containers are scattered/strewn near two opposite driveways along a suburban residential neighborhood street. Winter snow is on the ground and multiple slushy, messy tire tracks cris cross the driveways and the street. Must have been garbage/trash pickup day today. During Michigan’s battle against COVID-19, recycling is more important than ever - With many businesses and offices closed or operating at reduced capacity during the pandemic, manufacturers that use recycled materials to make products such as boxes and toilet paper are relying on residential recyclers to pick up the slack. Rich Elliott…
  • Recyclable items - A plastic cup, a cracker box and more What can be recycled? - https://www.youtube.com/embed/AaHV2-gyOWU This story was originally published by FOX47 for "Morning Blend." Kerrin O'Brien, Executive Director of Michigan Recycling Coalition, talks about what PPE can and can't be recycled.
  • Sorters at Kent County Recycling & Education Center Keep the focus on recycling and reusing while decluttering - Make recycling and reusing — not throwing away — the focus of spring cleaning this year. This story was originally published on the Detroit Free Press. As spring draws near, it’s time to ensure everything in your home is in the…
  • 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 - 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. Essentially, everything you need to know about recycling a piece of household plastic you learned…
  • 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 - 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 space in your closet. If ever there was a scenario where the cliché “one…
  • 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 also an opportunity to show Mother Nature a little love. Americans create 25% more trash…
  • Unworking electronics wait to be recycled 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 way beyond paper and plastics. Comprenew is a non-profit certified…
  • Recycling 101 – 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 to…
  • Multiple types of batteries placed on a table Learn the rules for recycling batteries - https://www.youtube.com/embed/5Cp4CZFaoV8 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 people struggle to recycle is batteries. “Live in…
  • 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 a…
  • Recycled, shreded plastic ready to be melted and molded into recycled plastic 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 plastic is not only important, it has become a competitive market.…
  • Different types of paper on a table Not all paper is recyclable – learn how to recognize the trash - https://www.youtube.com/embed/bENDnOUbTB4 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 gifts there will be lots of paper involved. But not all paper…
  • 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 -   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 all paper belongs in the recycling bin. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great…
  • Green and Yellow Paper Gator Recycling Bin 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 at work and school,…
  • Flattened cardboard compressed into cubes, stacked and ready to be picked up for recycling 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 boxes and packaging can…
  • Recycle Here Logo painted on the side of a building Learn the rules of recycling cardboard - https://www.youtube.com/embed/_WbDYDS9buU 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 do with all of those…
  • Carlos Cardboard - Recycling Racoon holds piece of cardboard 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 Carlos Cardboard to sit down with us and clarify some of the most…
  • Gladys Glass - Recycling Racoon Holds a Glass Jar 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 you know that just…
  • Blue bin that says "we recycle" with recycleable products inside Recycling glass? You may be doing it all wrong and here’s why - https://www.youtube.com/embed/zmDSiNS3330 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 to recycle glass correctly. The "Know it Before you Throw It" campaign…
  • 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 Nature. “We focus on trying to use our resources in a way that…
  • 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 - Goal is to reduce contaminated materials going into recycling bins and double state’s recycling rate to 30% by 2025 The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy today announced the launch of Know It Before You Throw It, a…

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