Michigan is not new to the world of recycling and reducing the environmental impact of our generations on Earth. The Environmental Quality Department is focusing its energy on diverting waste from landfills, minimizing the use of virgin material that must be harvested or extracted, and creating jobs to replace the waste management department it will replace with this reduction.
This is only part of the plan and Michigan officials are proud to say that they are doing their part to improve our environment. Each county has contacts listed on the Department’s website that allow residents to find local programs to meet their recycling needs. There is also an organization called Michigan Recycling Coalition which coordinates cooperation between business and local government, as well as individual community members to reduce, recycle and compost all possible products and by-products.
Michigan is currently leading the way in recycling. In Michigan, the deposit on beverage containers in the form of plastic, paper, glass, airtight metal, or a combination thereof is 10 cents. This is, however, the highest rate in the country for deposits, as is its recycling rate. Container buyback is 97.2%, making the program a nationally renowned success. Since 1976, when the Bottle Bill was enacted, the state has been committed to reducing road waste and cleaning up the environment. Their approach has certainly worked.
This same state, however, is facing environmental challenges such as hot weather creating heavy pond scum on the lakes, a recent fuel spill in White Lake on June 3, 2009. The town of Whitehall will pay over $ 16. $ 000 to clean up the spill. The high price tag won’t deter Michigan residents, despite this disappointing blow to the state’s overall environmental health. The citizens here are dedicated to the environment and will continue public and private efforts to make their state one of the most environmentally friendly states in our country.
Michigan notes that on the other side of the coin, the Department of Energy is helping by lending Ford Motor Company, Nissan Motor Company and Tesla Motors portions of a $ 25 billion fund to increase the fuel efficiency of vehicles manufactured in the State of Michigan. These loans are expected to increase the functions of factories to produce more fuel efficient models compared to yesterday’s gas consumers. Authorities hope the huge loan aid will offset much of the negative impact of the oil spill.
Leading the way in environmental awareness, even a Michigan nighttime talk show host is raising awareness about how we dispose of our daily waste. In particular, the fluorescent bulbs that we throw in the trash are becoming quite a concern. The small amount of mercury needed to run the light bulb is then released to landfills, creating a fairly dangerous hazard to our environment. The poisons contaminate both fish and mammals and are becoming of international concern. Our food supply may well be affected by contaminated sources of seafood and beef. Work is underway to find better ways to dispose of these bulbs and reduce the risk to wildlife and nature.