Governor signs Green bill amending state recycling requirements

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LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Green, along with Gov. Rick Snyder, held a signing ceremony on Tuesday for Green’s legislation that reforms the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act to strengthen Michigan’s guidelines for recycling. The legislation was introduced as a result of Snyder’s 2014 call to improve the state’s recycling programs.

“I am proud to have worked with everyone who turned this legislation into a reality,” said Green, R-Mayville. “There was a tremendous amount of work done between industry, the DEQ, and the recycling folks, and as a result, Michigan will now have an effective means to collect recycling data in order to help make accurate future decisions.”

Senate Bill 507, now Public Act 55 of 2016, amends the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act by adding Part 175, which sets the guidelines for recycling reporting. Any recycling establishment will now be required to report to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on an annual basis via a form provided by the department.

This will allow the department to anonymously gather data on the state’s recycling efforts to eventually determine, with greater precision, a statewide recycling rate.

“Currently, Michigan’s recycling rate is lagging behind not only the other states in the Great Lakes region, but most of the nation as well,” Green said. “By signing this legislation into law, we are putting Michigan in a position to increase investment, innovative measures and statewide participation in programs that keeps recyclable waste out of our landfills.”

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PHOTO ONE CAPTION: State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, stands with Gov. Rick Snyder during a bill signing ceremony for Senate Bill 507 on Tuesday.

PHOTO TWO CAPTION: State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, is joined by representatives from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Michigan Waste and Recycling Association, and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, as his bill, Senate Bill 507, is signed into law.