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Michigan Environmental Report

Fall 2013

Vol. 31 Issue 4

President's Column: Improving Michigan's abysmal recycling rate

Sometimes it feels like Michigan is stuck in the 1970s, especially when it comes to environmental and conservation issues. One glaring example is recycling. Michigan had one of the first and best bottle deposit laws, and one of the first curbside recycling programs in the country. Since then, some communities have invested in recycling, but not enough. Most of the nation has passed us by.
View Article2013-12-10  •  Fall 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

It shouldn't take a cardiac arrest!

I do not recommend life-threatening cardiac arrest as a way to increase awareness of public transportation’s value. But, it worked for me! Perhaps I should explain.
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RELATED TOPICS: MEC Board, transportation policy

Victory: State Senate committee rejects proposal to dump yard clippings in Michigan landfills

Legislation allowing compostable yard materials to be dumped in landfills—a bill fought at every turn by MEC and our allies in the compost industry—was rejected by a Michigan Senate committee in a Nov. 7 vote. SB 314 would have opened the floodgates for more out-of-state waste and dealt a crippling blow to jobs in the state’s burgeoning compost industry.
View Article2013-12-08  •  Fall 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

Bell ringers! Environmental successes won in recent weeks

A State Senate committee rejected legislation to rescind Michigan’s ban on lawn clippings in landfills in a 5-4 vote Nov. 5. The legislation would have crippled the composting industry and deprived landscapers and homeowners of Michigan-made nutrient-dense compost.
View Article2013-12-07  •  Fall 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

Alternative fuel fleet vehicles: Helping clear the air in Michigan, nationwide

It sure doesn’t sound like news: A Chevy Express van arrives in Lenexa, KS. So why did AT&T issue a news release about it? And what’s the link to Michigan?
View Article2013-12-07  •  Fall 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEC membership appreciates nature near Ludington

Nearly 60 people representing 17 Michigan Environmental Council member organizations attended MEC’s first overnight membership meeting Oct. 10-11 at rustic Barothy Lodge near Ludington.
View Article2013-12-07  •  Fall 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report
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