Governor Rick Snyder says he will roll out a plan this coming fall to boost recycling in the state.
Michigan’s statewide residential recycling rate of 15 percent is among the lowest in the country. Snyder says getting more people to recycle will be a top priority that will include unilateral actions he can take as governor and asking the Legislature to adopt new laws.
The governor says too many Michigan communities don’t have curbside recycling, and it’s still too cheap and easy to send recyclable solid waste to landfills.
“Our current laws actually encourage us to keep thinking about digging bigger holes and burying more.”
The governor will work off recommendations sent to him by two task forces. He says whatever strategy he comes up with will include plans to pay for it.