Stop Drop-site Dumping!
We are helping end dumping at drop sites NATIONALLY and you can too: volunteer with our project!
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To contribute to research on how to STOP DUMPING at drop sites, we will be sorting samples of incoming recyclables into 32 categories including the good, the bad, and the (few) ugly. We will then weigh the materials by category and contribute our results to the national study.
It’s all happening at the Pleasantview Road Drop-off Center in Harbor Springs on:
- May 10, Monday
- May 12, Wednesday
- May 14, Friday
- May 17, Monday, and
- May 19, Wednesday
This includes materials from Emmet, Cheboygan and Presque Isle Counties. Of course, the project will also help reduce dumping at drop sites locally!
The sorting will be conducted outdoors and we will social distance and mask to ensure COVID-19 safety. Everyone participating in the sorting will be provided a pair of safety gloves just like those worn everyday by the workers on our sort lines.
We will be working 8:00 a.m. to roughly 4:00 p.m. but if you don’t have a full day available, we’d appreciate even a half day. On the other hand, if you are really pumped about this work and available, you are more than welcome to sign up for multiple days.
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The Recycling Partnership (TRP) is a national non-profit whose mission is to improve recycling in the United States. One of the biggest problems with recycling is the quality of the materials collected. Think trash in the recycling. In the industry it is also called “contamination.”
Over the last year, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) has been collaborating with TRP to improve the quality of recyclables in Michigan, primarily through education. EGLE is providing grants and TRP is managing the projects and providing technical support. Emmet County is one the project communities.
But what’s more, our project has been selected to be a subject in a scientific study of the effectiveness of various techniques for improving the purity of incoming recyclables, specifically recyclables collected through drop sites. (Emmet County has 13 drop sites and materials collected at 17 more sites in Cheboygan and Presque Isle counties are also processed at the Pleasantview Road Center.) The results of this study will help guide TRP’s work with drop-site recycling communities through the U.S. for years to come.
How You Can Help
In order to determine the effectiveness of the different quality improvement techniques, we need to measure the contamination in loads of incoming recyclables before and after the quality improvement efforts. This means taking random samples from incoming loads and sorting the materials into various categories of recyclables and contaminants then weighing them. We could really use your help with the sampling and sorting process!