Grantees can now send customized education materials directly to their residents to improve recycling programs at no cost to them
Small communities in Michigan have a new resource to help them educate households about how and what to recycle. The Michigan Small Community Education Grant Program, an effort funded by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) along with The Recycling Partnership, the nonprofit action agent transforming the U.S. residential recycling system for good, is open now through October 2022.
Eligible communities and organizations include nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, regional planning agencies, cities, villages, townships, charter townships, counties, municipal solid waste authorities, and resource recovery authorities located in Michigan working with less than 10,000 households.
“EGLE is excited to offer this grant opportunity specifically to small communities in Michigan to further recycling education and continue our work to improve recycling throughout our state,” said Liz M. Browne, Director of EGLE’s Materials Management Division. “We all have a role to play in the circular economy and these grants will help the smaller communities engage with their residents and improve the quality of recyclable materials collected in curbside and drop off programs across Michigan.”
Whether the local recycling program is curbside and/or drop-off, the Michigan-only online platform gives access to The Recycling Partnership’s customized templates including postcards, information sheets, cart tags, and dumpster signage, which can be localized, printed, and sent directly to residents, all in one place. Communities can customize materials with their logo, website, and phone number, and all pieces are designed bilingual in English and Spanish.
“The Michigan Small Community Education Grant Program is just one of the many ways The Recycling Partnership is working with EGLE to decrease contamination and increase the quantity and quality of recyclables collected,” said Cassandra Ford, Community Program Manager at The Recycling Partnership. “This project specifically focuses on small communities and provides them resources to easily send their residents customized recycling educational materials based on our best management practices without having to worry about budget.”
The grant opportunity was created to alleviate the financial challenges smaller Michigan communities face in providing recycling education and outreach materials to inform residents about how, where, and why to recycle. Funding is limited and grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to the program’s popularity, potential grantees are encouraged to apply early. For more information, visit Recyclingpartnership.org/MI-EGLE
In 2019, EGLE launched its “Know It Before You Throw It” recycling education initiative. The national award-winning campaign featuring the Recycling Raccoon Squad, promotes best practices and emphasizes that recycling materials saves energy, reduces water use, decreases greenhouse gases, conserves resources and translates into local jobs.
About The Recycling Partnership
At The Recycling Partnership, we are solving for circularity. We mobilize people, data and solutions across the value chain to unlock the environmental and economic benefits of recycling and a circular economy. We work on the ground with thousands of communities to transform underperforming recycling programs; we partner with companies to achieve packing circularity, increase access to recycled materials and meet sustainability commitments; and we work with government to develop policy solutions to address the systemic needs of our residential recycling system and advance a circular economy. We foster public-private partnerships and drive positive change at every step of the recycling and circularity process. Since 2014, we have diverted 500 million pounds of new recyclables from landfills, saved 968 million gallons of water, avoided more than 500,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases and driven significant reductions in targeted contamination rates. Learn more at recyclingpartnership.org.