Join colleagues to gain an in-depth understanding of the Governor's Recycling Council (GRC) and Solid Waste and Sustainability Advisory Panel's (SWSAP) recommendations on solid waste, recycling, and composting policy changes. 

Share your perspective on these recommendations in relation to the challenges and opportunities you face. 

Influence state policy and help create MRC's advocacy strategy that will empower us to reach our collective recycling goals. 

                                         See below for more details on registration and the day's agenda.




Working for Needed Change

Tuesday, December 6

9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cathedral Square
Grand Rapids, MI
$60 Member Registration*
Seating is limited

*Non-members wishing to attend must be accompanied by current member. Contact the MRC office for information

Learn about the work of the GRC and SWSAP and help us understand the challenges and opportunities you face in accomplishing your recycling goals. Your participation now will guide the next phase of recycling policy development to the benefit of your business or community. 


The MRC has been working strategically to elevate recycling issues in Michigan to the benefit of communities, businesses, and recycling service providers. For the past two years, the Governor's Recycling Council (GRC) and the Solid Waste & Sustainability Advisory Panel (SWSAP) have been working to identify solutions to the challenges of growing Michigan's recycling industry. Join colleagues to learn more about the recommendations the GRC and the SWSAP believe will set the stage to achieve broad recycling goals. How do these recommendations correspond with your goals and those of the Michigan Recycling Coalition? That's up to you! 

See the complete agenda below. 

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By the time we leave this meeting, you will understand the goals and recommendations emerging from the Governor's Recycling Council (GRC) and the Solid Waste and Sustainability Advisory Panel (SWSAP) and how proposed changes to solid waste laws could impact your organization. Facilitated dialogues provide you with an opportunity to direct feedback on state level efforts and initiatives and on the MRC's goals and intentions for the next two years. Not only will you understand the important role you play in growing recycling in Michigan, you will have a role in making recycling a priority! 

9:00 Welcome and The Context
Kerrin O'Brien, Michigan Recycling Coalition

9:25 Solid Waste & Sustainability Advisory Panel
Steve Sliver, DEQ Office of Solid Waste & Radiological Protection

9:45 Solid Waste & Sustainability Advisory Panel Representative Q & A
Dar Baas, Kent County Department of Public Works & MI Assoc. of Counties Rep. 
Matt Naud, Ann Arbor Env. Systems Planning & MI Municipal League Rep. 
Dana Kirk, Michigan State University College of Biosystems & Ag. Engineering

10:30 BREAK

10:45 Governor's Recycling Council
Jim Frey, Resource Recycling Systems & GRC Co-Chair

11:05 Governor's Recycling Council Panel Representative Q & A
Elisa Seltzer, Emmet County Department of Public Works & Recycling
Bill Lobenherz, Michigan Soft Drink Association
Matt Flechter, DEQ Office of Solid Waste & Radiological Protection

The Big Picture
Angela Ayers, Executive Office of Governor Rick Snyder

1:00 What do the numbers tell us? 
Matt Flechter, DEQ Office of Solid Waste & Radiological Protection

1:25 Facilitated Small Group Discussion on SWSAP & GRC Topics
         County Solid Waste Planning
         Universal Access
         Market Development
         Composting Regulations
         Other key issues

2:30 BREAK

2:45 Facilitated Large Group Dialogue on Local Gaps, Needs, Opportunities
Patrick Cullen, Wayne County Land Resources & MRC Policy Committee

3:30 MRC's Advocacy Agenda
Kerrin O'Brien, Michigan Recycling Coalition




Fall Into Recycling is a yearly forum put on by the MRC. The topics differ from year to year based on current issues and interest. Information for these events is typically posted in early fall. Past forum topics, speakers, and presentations can be found below. 



Fall Into Recycling 2014



Fall Into Recycling 2014: Building the Coalition to Advance Recycling


Fall Into Recycling: Building the Coalition to Advance Recycling took place on December 2nd, 2014 at the Okemos Conference Center. There was an overview of the current landscape of recycling in Michigan, explaining the goals and timelines for making progress. Insights were provided by MRC Executive Director Kerrin O'Brien and DEQ Recycling Specialist Matt Flechter. The newly created DEQ recycling coordinators were also introduced and presented maps of the current state of Michigan. 

After lunch participants broke into user groups based on region. The second round of user groups broke out and discussed key issues. 

Notes from the user groups have been made available here



Fall Into Recycling 2013


 Fall Into Recycling 2013: The Flow of Textiles

Fall Into Recycling: The Flow of Textiles in Michigan took place on December 5th, 2013 at the MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center. Presentations were followed by a networking lunch and tour of the materials recovery facility at Michigan State University. See below for speaker information and presentations. 

Line Henrikson, One World Center and The Institute for International Cooperation and Development
Box Clothes Collection

Adam Winfield, Great Lakes Recycling, Purple Heart, and
Military Order of the Purple Heart: Clothes Collection

Nick Carlson, Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids
Value Extraction Model

Thank you to all the speakers, sponsors and attendees that made this event possible! 
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