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Michigan agencies launch recycling training program in local communities

ALPENA, Mich.— The Michigan Department of Environment Great Lakes and Energy is joining forces with the Recycling Partnership to launch a recycling training program. Their mission is to reduce contaminated materials going into recycling bins.

Monday was the official launch of the project that consisted of recycle specialists going through bins at local drop off locations including the facility here in Alpena. The program is meant to educate residents on which items are recyclable or non–recyclable.

This will also aid in keeping the recycle stream clean and to help lift financial strain for waste companies. The most common recycled materials are plastic, tin, glass and aluminum.

Martin says, “Since the start of the pandemic residents have disposed of recyclable material and waste more frequently.” To help reduce contamination, residents are encouraged to empty and clean out recyclable items.

Keep waste away from the recycle bins and to check with your local resource facility to find out which items are acceptable.