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State calls for county plans to boost recycling rates

The new law aims to incentivize recycling infrastructure and expand the state's capacity to handle waste - without relying on landfills.

The county plans are meant to take inventory of their waste landscape, set goals, and identify potential opportunities for siting new facilities.

Christina Miller is with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. At an April conference, she said county planning is an extensive process, and it's better to start sooner rather than later. 

"All the plans will have an implementation strategy in there to help meet the goals. And you’ll be required to show progress to receive funding going forward."

With the updated law, the state hopes to increase its recycling rate from around 20 percent to 45 percent by 2030.

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