The mission of the Grand Traverse County Resource Recovery Department (RecycleSmart) is to protect the public health and environment of our community by efficiently managing waste materials with a focus on resource conservation.
The Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners envision:
A COMMUNITY that preserves the beautiful and healthy environment making Grand Traverse County a desirable community in which to live where the safety of its community is of utmost concern and who focuses on the well-being of all its people.
A COUNTY GOVERNMENT that collaborates with other units of government on common issues for the benefit of the community and its individuals that encourages risk taking and innovation to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our services and to better serve our constituents where all our customers have ready and easy access to government services.
Bay Area Recycling For Charties
2014 Take It Back “Recycler of the Year”
Grand Traverse County Resource Recovery (RecycleSmart) announced Bay Area Recycling For Charities (BARC) as the 2014 Take It Back “Recycler of the Year”. BARC will be formally recognized and a plaque presented at the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners, Resource Management & Administration committee meeting to be held Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 6 pm. Meeting location is the Governmental Center, 400 Boardman Avenue, Traverse City, 2nd floor Commissioner Chambers.
Each year a local business is selected to receive the Take It Back Recycling Program “Recycler of the Year” Award for their commitment in assisting Grand Traverse County residents reduce, reuse, and recycle materials that would otherwise have ended up in a landfill.
Six years ago founder Andy Gale established Bay Area Recycling for Charities, a non-profit (501(3), offering comprehensive waste management services and compostable products for your home, business or event.
BARC accomplishments include:
> Opened new recycling facility during 2014 located at 1732 Barlow St., Traverse City.
> Accepts electronic devices that ‘plug in” or runs on batteries (Cell phones, Computers, TV’s etc…)
> Provides unique recycling solutions for difficult items such as used vegetable oil and bed mattresses.
> Consistently provides updates to Resource Recovery staff for the Take It Back recycling program.
> Promotes composting solutions rather than landfill alternatives.
> Assist Resource Recovery staff in promoting RecycleSmart department programs and goals.
Andy Gale and Bay Area Recycling for Charities demonstrates what can be done by promoting and practicing waste diversion programs within Grand Traverse County.
Governor Snyder Announces Statewide Recycling Initiative
Effort will help Michigan become leader in residential recycling
Monday, April 14, 2014
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced a statewide plan designed to increase residential recycling access statewide. He also announced appointments to a nine-member Michigan Recycling Council to guide the plan’s implementation.
In his November 2012 Special Message on Energy and the Environment, Snyder called on the Department of Environmental Quality to assemble a stakeholder group tasked with developing a plan. The governor presented his plan today during a tour of Clean Tech Inc., Michigan’s largest plastic bottle recycling plant, near Monroe.
“Michigan has a strong tradition of protecting and enhancing its environment,” Snyder said. “But when it comes to recycling, we must do better. Michigan trails other Great Lakes states and much of the nation in residential recycling. It’s a complex challenge but one that we can address. This plan puts us on the right path.”
Michigan’s recycling rate for residential household waste is about 15 percent. The national average is 35 percent. A recent study concluded more than $435 million in recyclable metal, glass, paper and plastics goes from Michigan households to Michigan landfills each year.
“States with healthy recycling programs have found that, in addition to reducing pressure on landfills and helping the environment, recycling creates jobs and opens markets for recovered materials,” Snyder said. “We’ve been throwing away money for decades. Addressing this issue is simply the right thing to do, and I am pleased to announce we are committed to making Michigan a recycling leader.”
The 15-point plan focuses on four key areas:
- Benchmark and measure progress – including developing ways to better track Michigan’s recycling rate and document the progress of the state’s effort.
- Public education and technical assistance for communities – other states report that an informed and supportive public is a key to increasing recycling, along with providing tools for local governments to develop local programs.
- Provide convenient access – successful recycling programs feature convenient access at the local level.
- Develop markets – stimulation of market opportunities for recycled products will be addressed with grants and other economic incentives.
The DEQ drafted the plan in cooperation with 45 key stakeholders including recyclers, landfill operators, manufacturers, waste haulers, bottlers, grocery store operators and others.
“This plan represents a real breakthrough for the myriad interested stakeholders around recycling,” said Michigan DEQ Director Dan Wyant. “What we celebrate today is their leadership, our partnership and the sustained commitment from everyone to keep ‘Pure Michigan’ pure in the years ahead.”
The effort is supported by a $1 million appropriation in the governor’s recommended fiscal year 2015 budget, along with $500,000 in DEQ pollution prevention grants that will be committed to support local recycling programs over the next two years.
“The Michigan Recycling Coalition is pleased with the governor's leadership on this issue,” said Kerrin O’Brien, executive director of the Michigan Recycling Coalition. “This initiative recognizes that we can and should do more to fully achieve the economic and environmental rewards that a comprehensive residential recycling program will bring to Michigan.”