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Michigan sets new record for recycling third year in a row

Kent County Recycling Center
Kent County
Kent County Recycling Center

Residents recycled just under one fourth of their waste over the past year

The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy says state residents recycled nearly one fourth of their waste over the last year. That rate increased from just under 15 percent before 2019.

Officials say diverting cardboard, glass, metals, and other recyclable materials from landfills reduces the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to Michigan’s economic output.

The state has a goal of recycling 30% of waste by 2029 and is distributing more than five million dollars in grants to expand recycling facilities across Michigan.

That includes funding for Lansing to help purchase a recycling truck and increase capacity for processing waste

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