The DEQ today announced $250,000 in Community Pollution Prevention Grant funding to three Michigan organizations for projects to improve recycling. In April 2014, Gov. Rick Snyder announced his plan for improving residential recycling rates in Michigan. These grants will help inform state and community decision makers as they pursue these needed improvements to local recycling.
Organizations receiving awards include:
• Michigan Recycling Coalition, $99,800
• Northeast Michigan Council of Governments, $99,900
• West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, $50,300
Through the Community Pollution Prevention Grant Program, the DEQ provides grants to non-profit organizations, local and tribal governments, local health departments, municipalities, and regional planning agencies. Grantees must fund at least 25 percent of the total project cost.
West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will conduct a waste characterization study for West Michigan counties and the state in partnership with its member organizations Grand Valley State University, Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr and Huber, Republic Services, Valley City Electronics Recycling, Kent County Department of Public Works, Muskegon County DPW, Rapid Recycling, New Soil, Organicycle and AL & S Solutions. The total project cost is estimated at $70,000.