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Governor Snyder unveils statewide plan in Dundee

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Every year hundreds of millions worth of recyclable materials in Michigan end up in landfills. Governor Rick Snyder has a plan to change that and he talked about it in Monroe County on Monday. Within two years Governor Snyder hopes to double the rate at which Michigan households recycle. Right now that rate stands at just 15% and even if they do double that number it will still be below the national average of 35%.

Governor Snyder made the announcement at Clean Tech in Dundee. It's the state's largest plastic bottle recycling plant. According to the Governor about $435 million worth of materials that could be recycled in Michigan end up in the trash can.

The plan to change that focuses on four key areas including developing ways to better track the recycling rate. Public education and technical support for communities are also key components as well as convenient access statewide by 2017. The final key area is to develop markets for recycled products. Governor Snyder says its about the environment and the economy, "Recycling is a wonderful opportunity to help the economy by creating jobs. Right now most of the recyclable materials are going in the landfill being wasted at the rate of more than $400 million worth a year. From an environmental point of view lets not put it in a landfill, lets reuse the material. It is a smart answer on a number of levels and we can use less original materials."

The plan will be funded with $1 million from the state budget and $500,00 in grant money from the Department of Environmental Quality. As you may know, Michigan has a 10 cent refund on most bottles and cans. That will not be affected by this plan

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