Schmidt applauds Northwest Michigan recycling grants

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt on Tuesday congratulated both Emmet and Grand Traverse counties for receiving grants from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) aimed at furthering the state’s recycling efforts.

“This is big news for Northern Michigan,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “Grand Traverse and Emmet counties are home to several of northern Michigan’s tourist destinations. I applaud these efforts to keep our communities clean and free of trash.”

The state recently announced two major grants that, combined with local funds, will reach a total investment of over $2.8 million to expand and improve recycling infrastructure in Grand Traverse and Emmet counties.

The $1.3 million in state grants will be divided and used in conjunction with local funding for local projects. Of the $1.3 million, $800,000 will go toward Emmet County’s $1.5 million plan to upgrade recyclable material processing technology and $474,000 will support American Waste’s $1.3 million plan to produce higher-quality mixed paper recycling products for Michigan manufacturers that need cleaner materials.

The grant announcements came as part of the Traverse City launch of Know It Before You Throw It, a statewide effort to better inform Michiganders on what can and cannot be recycled along with tips on how to recycle correctly.

“This is a tremendous bipartisan effort with nothing but the state’s best interest in mind,” Schmidt said. “I am happy the Know It Before You Throw It campaign came to my district, and I applaud the work they are doing across the state.”