RECYCLING & WASTE REDUCTION

Working to influence policy and inform the public on how and why to reduce waste, and dependence on natural resources. We work to enhance the city's recycling infrastructure and educate the community on how to reduce, reuse and recycle. 

2022 Goals

  • Work with the City of Detroit to develop policies that divert more building materials from landfills. There are opportunities for this with waste management plans for demolition, new development, and redevelopment projects. 

    • Develop a closed-loop system and relevant policies to offset the demolition of homes and blight removal that can produce a large amount of waste entering landfills in Southeast Michigan. 

    • A policy for new developments to develop a construction waste management plan.

    • Enforce the City Council Sustainability Checklist for new developments.

  • A policy that requires new developments to plan for double- or triple- waste streams that make waste diversion simple for residents, tenants, etc. 

  • Continue to fulfill the requirements of the 2021 Event Waste Reduction Resolution. Including tracking use of the guidebook and creating supporting materials for event organizers. 
     

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2022
Meetings

Meetings are held monthly on the fourth Monday at 2pm. Meetings are being held virtually until further notice.

APRIL 25 | MAY 23

JUNE 27 | JULY 25

AUGUST 22 | SEPTEMBER 26

OCTOBER 24 | NOVEMBER 28

NO MEETING IN DECEMBER

MEET THE TEAM

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Natalie Jakub, TRUE Advisor

Green Living Science, Executive Director

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Nishaat Killeen

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Michigan Saves, Senior Project Manager

NEWS + RECENT WORK

  • Resolution to support Event Waste Reduction passed by city council (2020)

  • Created and aired on local television and radio, a PSA to educate the public about anti-littering (2019)

  • Waste and Recycling goals and benchmarks resolutions passed by City Council (2018)

  • America Recycles Day – November 15th resolution passed (2018)

  • Created and aired on local television and radio, a PSA to educate the public about recycling (2018)

  • Janitorial contracts required to include recycling disposal in municipal buildings (2017)

  • Help facilitate recycling in several city buildings – Including all firehouses

  • Promoted recycling to garner 6% increase – Currently 37% participation

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