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Waste Management Task Force Holds A Public Meeting

Jul 21, 2016
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People voiced concerns about possible alternatives to garbage dumps at a public hearing today. 


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Plans are getting underway to send less trash to landfills in Michigan and find more ways to reuse it.  A state Department of Environmental Quality task force plans a hearing today in Lansing to gather ideas from the public.  

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Candidates for Ann Arbor’s 5th Ward debated at the city’s Community Television Network studios last night.


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A public hearing will be held tonight at the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners meeting regarding a plastic bag ordinance.


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Local efforts to address the environmental concerns of plastic bag use in Washtenaw County just took a giant step backwards in Lansing.


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Now's your chance to get rid of that old computer, telephone, or other electronic device that's ben gathering dust in your garage.

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Ypsilanti Township is encouraging residents to properly dispose of their old tires to not harm the environment. 


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The holidays are here, and that means unwrapping gifts, cooking and eating a lot of food and dealing with holiday decorations. The result? Good times, and a lot of trash.  for a more sustainable Christmas, give a listen to this week's 'Issues of the Environment.' David Fair talks with Recycle Ann Arbor's Outreach and Zero Waste Coordinator Christine Chessler-Stull about having a 'greener' holiday. 


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While the repeated use of cloth bags makes them a better choice for the environment, the free throwaway bags at checkout are hard to resist.  Is this really a problem?  In this installment of 89.1 WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas explores why the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is looking into a reusable bag ordinance.


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On football Saturday's in Ann Arbor, some 110,000 people make their way into Michigan Stadium. When the cheers have faded and the crowd gone home, the big job of cleaning up the 'Big House' begins. This week, we take a look at how U-M deals with the big mess. 


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As of today, the city of Ypsilanti has a new service that will help protect the environment. 


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What to do with all of your holiday waste?  In this week's Issues of the Environment David Fair gets the best tips from Christine Chessler-Stull, Recycle Ann Arbor's Outreach and Zero Waste Coordinator.


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Recycling batteries aren't always as easy as you might think. All too many end up in our landfills, and have the potential to cause serious environmental damage. In this week's installment of Issues of the Environment, you'll learn the environmental issues, the barriers to better recycling and what you can do about it.  


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Michigan's recycling rate falls well below the regional average. It stands at about 15-percent right now.   Governor Rick Snyder wants to double the rate in the next two years.  The head of the state's Department of Environmental Quality believes an Ann Arbor facility could play a role in boosting recycling across the state. 


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As University of Michigan students prepare to leave town for the summer one common place to stop is the intersection of Oakland, East University, and Tappan.  The city of Ann Arbor has once more set up dumpsters for bulk recycling and trash in the area.


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The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is offering $250,000 in grants to help communities develop recycling programs. Governor Rick Snyder announced a plan this week to boost the state's residential recycling rate.  Among the proposals is producing more information about local recycling options. The funding from the Community Pollution Prevention Grant Program will help local leaders do that.

Recycling Drop-off Station now accepting Textiles

Oct 17, 2013

Recycle Ann Arbor's Ellsworth Road drop-off station now accepts textiles, including clothing, curtains, bedding, towels, belts, shoes and soft toys.  

WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.


This week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU examines Washtenaw Community College's efforts to reduce, recycle, and now, compost.  Our guest is WCC's Facilities Maintenance Manager, Barry Wilkens.

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With many people receiving new electronics over the holidays, the question becomes what to do with old devices. According to the EPA, more than 2.5 million tons of electronic waste is produced each year in the US.  

If the item is still relatively new, it is possible to sell the item on eBay or elsewhere. But, environmentalists hope that the old items won’t just end up in the trash.