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From our April 30, 2018 media release on the Grain Train’s win.
Emmet Recyclers Honor Grain Train
Over 80% of Emmet County households recycle through the county’s system and recycling staff report constantly hearing from enthusiastic residents saying they, “recycle everything!” But even in a community of avid recyclers, the Grain Train Natural Foods Markets stand out for their deep recycling ethic. Saturday, April 28, the markets—which are cooperatively owned by roughly 2,800 area individuals and families—were honored with Emmet County Recycling’s 2018 Recycler of the Year Award.
The Grain Train’s Petoskey market’s recycling efforts are evident from the moment customers walk in the door: stacks of blue crates in the foyer are ready to receive reusable old-fashioned glass milk bottles from Shetler’s Dairy in Kalkaska. Just inside the store proper, reusable fabric produce bags made from recycled pop bottles are for sale above the fresh broccoli and beets. (Though even the produce bags off the rolls are made from recycled material.) Toilet paper and paper towel options are 100% recycled content and up to 90% post-consumer recycled.
At the self-serve food bar, waste reduction is encouraged by racks of plates, bowls, and flatware. For those who…
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The Resource Recycling Conference is THE recycling conference of the year. The 2017 Conference was held in Minneapolis MN, August 27-30 and not only were Emmet County Recycling staff there, but our Director, Elisa Seltzer was on a panel that presented to the entire conference audience.
Based on the strength of our policy foundation, our comprehensive programs, and the quantities of material recovered (thanks to our fantastic customers!) Elisa was invited to speak as part of the Wednesday Plenary Session. The topic was “Hacking Recycling – Tools and Tricks for Your Program.” After briefly describing our county and region and giving an overview of our recycling systems, she emphasized some of the innovative policy, funding, and outreach tools that have been central to our success.
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Emmet County Recycling (ECR) was recognized by the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) in the “Outstanding Community/Government Program” category on Monday night, August 28, 2017. The NRC awards were presented at the Resource Recycling Conference in Minneapolis, MN. Representing ECR at the Conference were (center above) Outreach Specialist Lindsey Walker and Director Elisa Seltzer. They were joined in celebrating the accomplishment by (left) Michigan Recycling Coalition Director Kerrin O’Brien and (right) NRC Board President Bob Gedert. The Michigan Recycling Coalition—with which Emmet County works closely–was also recognized by the NRC as the Outstanding Recycling Organization.…
With Governor Snyder and the MDEQ expected to propose legislation to strengthen recycling in Michigan this fall, State Senator Wayne Schmidt and Lee Chatfield, Speaker Pro Tempore of the Michigan House of Representatives toured the Emmet County Pleasantview Road Drop-off Center on Tuesday August 22. The tour focused on the economic and jobs benefits improved recycling could yield for the state.
The Emmet County recycling and waste disposal facility is looked to as a model both for its performance and for its funding mechanism. While Michigan as a whole recycles just 15 percent of its waste—compared to an average of 30% in the Great Lakes States—Emmet County recycled upwards of 40%.
97% of the material recycled through Emmet County supplies Michigan businesses. In 2015, Emmet County Recycling produced roughly 15,000 tons of recycled materials and employed over 20 full time equivalent (FTE) people. Landfilling the same material would have employed an estimated 2 FTE. At the same time sale of the materials brought in $626,900 to help fund the recycling program and saved residents and businesses an estimated $1,740,000 in disposal costs.
Emmet County Recycling also derives funding from County Waste Transfer Station revenues, a model under…
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