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.

Registration is closed.  Please sign up at the event.


Matt Flechter, Recycling Market Development Specialist with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will share updates on progress to date on work to double Michigan’s recycling rate.  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 we have a state government that 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.


207e142Also 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 (similar to Berrien County).  Bell’s has tripled the diversion rate at their Eccentric Café through the implementation of a compost collection system that has also kept hauling costs neutral. Jill Adams, 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.

MGSSBF Signature Event: Doubling the Recycling Rate
Wednesday, January 24
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Berrien County Conference Center
2149 E Napier Ave, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
(Adjacent to the new Health Department building)
$15 online / $20 at event Members
$20 online / $25 at event Non-members

11:30 to 12:10 Lunch
12:10 to 12:15 Welcome and Introductions
12:15 to 1:25 Program
1:30 Adjourn