recycling http://michiganradio.org en Recycling that typical household battery is not as easy as you might think http://michiganradio.org/post/recycling-typical-household-battery-not-easy-you-might-think <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I was surprised to find out recently that you can’t recycle household batteries in Ann Arbor anymore. I used to collect them in a little steel can, but Recycle Ann Arbor stopped taking them.</span></p><p>From <a href="http://www.recycleannarbor.org/?module=Page&amp;sID=drop-off-station-whats-accepted">Recycle Ann Arbor’s website</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Alkaline household batteries do not contain hazardous materials and may be disposed of in the trash.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Mark Brush 18156 at http://michiganradio.org Recycling that typical household battery is not as easy as you might think Stateside for Monday, April 14, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-april-14-2014 <p>Today, Gov. Rick Snyder rolled out a new statewide recycling plan that aims to increase recycling across the state. Michigan is seventh among the eight Great&nbsp;Lakes states in its recycling performance, and the governor as well as recycling activists agree that we can do a lot better.&nbsp;</p><p>The intersection of college athletics and college academics often causes controversy. To what degree are student athletes allowed to get away with lighter class loads in order for them to play? Paul Barrett of Bloomberg Businessweek joined us to answer that very question.</p><p>Tax day is tomorrow and procrastinators out there are scrambling to file. Detroit News Finance Editor Brian O'Connor joined us to explain how we can decrease our chances of being audited.&nbsp;</p><p>On the West Coast during World War II, hundreds of thousands of Japanese-Americans were put in internment camps. Matt Faulkner, an author and illustrator for kids, tells the story of these internments in his most recent graphic novel, Gaijin.&nbsp; Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:03:43 +0000 Stateside Staff 17220 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, April 14, 2014 New statewide plan aims to improve recycling http://michiganradio.org/post/new-statewide-plan-aims-improve-recycling <p>Gov. Rick Snyder rolled out a new statewide recycling plan today in hopes of convincing more of us to recycle.</p><p>The governor and recycling activists say we can do a lot better when it comes to recycling.&nbsp;</p><p>Right now, Michigan recycles about 15% of all reusable materials. That's way below the national average of 35%. And Michigan is seventh among the eight Great Lakes states in its recycling performance.</p><p>What are we losing by throwing out all that glass, plastic, metal and paper? And what's in the governor's plan to get us to recycle these materials?&nbsp;</p><p>We were joined by Kerrin O'Brien, executive director of the Michigan Recycling Coalition.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above. </em></p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:29:58 +0000 Stateside Staff 17224 at http://michiganradio.org New statewide plan aims to improve recycling Mardi Gras beads may present a health hazard http://michiganradio.org/post/mardi-gras-beads-may-present-health-hazard <p><a href="http://www.nola.com/paradecam/">It’s Mardi Gras time</a>. But there’s a warning for people who want to ‘Let the Good Times Roll’.</p><p></p><p>People will go to great lengths to grab a necklace of Mardi Gras beads. But <a href="http://www.healthystuff.org/release.12052013.beads.php">the Ecology Center</a>’s Jeff Gearhart says they should think twice.</p><p></p><p>The Ann Arbor environmental group tested beads from different sources and found many contained high amounts of highly toxic substances,</p><p></p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16662 at http://michiganradio.org Mardi Gras beads may present a health hazard Why do we have the lowest recycling rate in the Great Lakes region? http://michiganradio.org/post/why-do-we-have-lowest-recycling-rate-great-lakes-region <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state’s paltry recycling numbers have caught the attention of </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Rick Snyder, who’s pinpointing recycling as a top priority. The Department of Environmental Quality is trying to come up with a proposal to expand recycling in Michigan.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“If we could accomplish our 50 percent recycling goal, the value of that material if diverted from the landfill is about $500 million dollars a year,” said </span>Kerrin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> O'Brien, the executive director of the Michigan Recycling Coalition.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">O’Brien talked to us in the studio along with Barry Rabe, professor of Environmental Policy at the University of Michigan, where he directs the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy.</span></p><p><em>Click on the audio link above to listen to the full interview.</em></p><p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 21:28:10 +0000 Stateside Staff 15289 at http://michiganradio.org Why do we have the lowest recycling rate in the Great Lakes region? Michigan lawmakers discuss heavy fines for fraudulent bottle and can returns http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-discuss-heavy-fines-fraudulent-bottle-and-can-returns <p>People trying to redeem deposits on bottles and cans purchased outside of Michigan may face some stiff fines in the future.</p><p></p><p>Michigan loses millions of dollars every year cashing in returnable bottles and cans bought out of state. &nbsp;Michigan has one of the highest bottle deposits in the country.</p><p></p><p>Tomorrow, a state House committee will discuss imposing fines, as much as five thousand dollars, on people who try to fraudulently redeem out-of-state returnables. They could also face jail time.</p><p></p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 17:20:25 +0000 Steve Carmody 11281 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers discuss heavy fines for fraudulent bottle and can returns Stateside: The state of our waste http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-state-our-waste <p>Mark Kurlyandchik, author of “<a href="http://www.hourdetroit.com/Hour-Detroit/December-2012/Waste-Matters/">Waste Matters</a>,” is tracking his trash.</p><p>Kurlyandchik’s recent Hour Magazine article investigated Michigan’s treatment of its waste materials.</p><p>Some of his findings were striking.</p><p>“The average American produces almost four and a half pounds of trash a day. The U.S. makes up four percent of the world’s population, but we generate 30 percent of the global waste,” he said.</p><p>Kurlyandchik noted the country’s culture of consumerism as a reason for this large amount of waste. Mon, 07 Jan 2013 22:41:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10651 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: The state of our waste GM recycling reaches a milestone http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-recycling-reaches-milestone <p>General Motors is celebrating an environmental milestone. The company says a Lansing autopart distribution center is the automaker&rsquo;s 100th facility to go &ldquo;landfill free.&rdquo;</p><p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 17:01:13 +0000 Steve Carmody 7939 at http://michiganradio.org GM recycling reaches a milestone Legislators move to exempt drink pouches from Michigan's bottle deposit law http://michiganradio.org/post/legislators-move-exempt-drink-pouches-michigans-bottle-deposit-law <p>A state House committee has voted to exempt drink pouches from the state&rsquo;s 10-cent bottle deposit law. The pouches are made of plastic, aluminum, and paper. They are not biodegradable or recyclable. Harold McGovern is the president of a beverage wholesale company. He said there are environmental benefits to pouches.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s a fraction of the up-front emissions from the standpoint of a carbon footprint. More importantly, the emissions on the transportation cycle - whether it&rsquo;s delivery to our warehouse, whether it&rsquo;s delivery to stores - also has dramatic incremental savings because of the weight difference between aluminum, glass, and this pouch technology,&quot; said McGovern.<br /><br />If the House bill becomes law, it would preempt a state Treasury determination that the deposit could apply to alcoholic drink pouches. Environmental groups say the state should not encourage packaging that&rsquo;s not recyclable. Wed, 23 May 2012 20:58:30 +0000 Rick Pluta 7586 at http://michiganradio.org Recycling jumps 80% in Grand Rapids with single-stream carts http://michiganradio.org/post/recycling-jumps-80-grand-rapids-single-stream-carts <p><a href="http://platform.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan-new/media/docs/recycle bins.jpg">Recycling is up 80-percent</a> since the City of Grand Rapids instituted a new single-stream recycling program. With single-stream people can put all kinds of stuff - glass, plastic, cardboard and paper - into a single cart (no sorting needed). The city picks up the recyclable stuff at the curb for free.</p> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 22:08:01 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6482 at http://michiganradio.org Recycling jumps 80% in Grand Rapids with single-stream carts Recycling your Christmas tree http://michiganradio.org/post/recycling-your-christmas-tree <p>So you’ve put away all the ornaments and the lights and the tinsel... and you have that bare tree in your living room... what now?&nbsp; It’s not illegal in Michigan to throw your Christmas tree away... but a lot of cities and counties do recycle them... and chip them up into mulch.&nbsp; The recycling website <a href="http://earth911.com/recycling/garden/christmas-trees/">Earth 911</a> lets you type in your zip code to find tree drop-off sites near you.</p><p><a href="http://environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=494">I talked with Marsha Gray</a> - she's the executive director of the Michigan Christmas Tree Association. She says the first thing you should do if you want to recycle your tree is call the people who pick up your trash.</p><blockquote><p>“You want to ask them if they do a separate collection for the trees. If they’re collecting them separately from your regular trash, that means they’re most likely recycling, probably chipping those trees into mulch. If they’re collecting at the same time and they’re going right into the bin that means they will go to the landfill."</p></blockquote><p>Marsha's tips for recycling - or reusing your tree:</p><ul><li>If your waste hauler won't recycle your tree... call your city or county park department.&nbsp; There's a good chance they offer a drop-off site for the first few weeks of January.</li><li>Stand your tree up next to the birdfeeder for a little perching spot for birds while they wait their turn at the feeder.</li><li>Use the branches as plant stakes</li><li>If you're really ambitious, break out the chainsaw and remove the branches (you don't want to burn these in a fire - they can spark!), cut the trunk into logs, and add them to your log pile to season for a year.&nbsp; Free firewood for next Christmas! Tue, 04 Jan 2011 17:04:40 +0000 Rebecca Williams 739 at http://michiganradio.org Recycling your Christmas tree