Review: Doubling the Recycling Rate

Michigan’s Great Southwest Sustainable Business Forum hosted a networking and education luncheon for local professionals interested in recycling and composting on Wednesday, January 24 at the Berrien County Conference Center.

View photos of the event on our Facebook page.

Matt Flechter, Recycling Market Development Specialist with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) discussed the DEQ’s work to grow recycling markets, developing a statewide recycling education campaign, expaningd recycling opportunities at all state facilities, modernizing Michigan’s solid waste laws, and establish a sustainable funding mechanism to accomplish Michigan’s recycling goals.

Kate Binder, Sustainability Specialist for Bell’s Brewery, shared the steps the brewery took to establish composting service in a community with no commercially available compost operations.

Katie Venechuk, the Michigan DEQ Recycling and Waste Minimization Specialist for Michigan’s Great Southwest and Jill Adams, Environmental Property Manager for Berrien County Parks & Recreation Department, discussed the county’s latest efforts to promote recycling, including the expected outcomes of recycling grants, projects, and educational resources.

Speaker Presentations are available for download here:

Thank you again to Berrien County Conference Center for hosting this month’s event.

Michigan’s Great Southwest Sustainable Business Forum Presents Recycling Event

Michigan’s Great Southwest Sustainable Business Forum will host a networking and education luncheon for local professionals interested in recycling and composting on Wednesday, January 24 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Berrien County Conference Center.

Matt Flechter, Recycling Market Development Specialist with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will share updates on efforts to double Michigan’s recycling rate, a recent goal of the Snyder Administration.  He will describe DEQ’s work to grow recycling markets, develop a statewide recycling education campaign, expand recycling opportunities at all state facilities so that the government is leading by example, modernize Michigan’s solid waste laws, and establish a sustainable funding mechanism to accomplish Michigan’s recycling goals.  He will be joined by Katie Venechuk, the MDEQ Recycling and Waste Minimization Specialist for Michigan’s Great Southwest.

Also on the agenda is Kate Binder, Sustainability Specialist for Bell’s Brewery, who will speak on the steps the brewery took to establish composting service in a community with no commercially available compost operations. This is similar to the current situation in Michigan’s Great Southwest, as no local waste haulers currently offer such a service.

Jill Martin, Environmental Property Manager for Berrien County Parks & Recreation Department, will share the county’s latest efforts to promote recycling, including the expected outcomes of its recent Recycling Education Grant.

Learn more and register online at mgssbf.org. Lunch is $15 for members and $20 for non-members if paid in advance.