Bay City kicked off a new education campaign about recycling Monday in partnership with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE). Bay City is one of six communities across the state taking part in local recycling campaigns.
EGLE Assistant Director of the Materials Management Division Elizabeth Browne said the efforts will help increase recycling. Browne said the campaign will be aimed at eliminating wire hangers, plastic shopping bags and foam packaging from recycle bins because they can damage equipment and cost time and money to deal with.
Bay City is also opening a new recycling drop-off center in May with funding support from EGLE that will be open serve residents throughout the Great Lakes Bay region. Browne said 15 to 18 percent of Michigan households currently recycle. State officials want to double that to 30 percent by 2025 and eventually reach 45 percent.