Commissioners looking to bring back recycling program

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BAD AXE — The Huron County Board of Commissioners voted to let the legislative committee explore restarting the county’s recycling program at this week’s meeting.

Commissioner Todd Talaski said that he and Commissioner Mary Babcock met with Rhonda Wisenbaugh of Thumb Industries and Brian Burke of the State Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy last week to discuss what options there are for restarting the program.

“Its going to cost money, no doubt about that,” Talaski said. “We’ll get something together to present to this board. We’ll see if we want to ask the taxpayers if they are willing to put forward the money to take care of this.”

Talaski said that some of the suggestions that came up during the meeting were to model this program on how programs in neighboring counties work and to see if it is feasible to have Tuscola and Sanilac County’s recycling programs accept Huron’s glass or cardboard, with Babcock noting it would also be possible to take in recyclable electronic materials. Talaksi also said that getting state grants to help would be based on having a long-term plan for a program.




Wisenbaugh said that meeting included a discussion of whether to put forth a recycling millage on an upcoming ballot. Since the deadline for having proposals for the November ballot has passed, the next such closest time a ballot could occur would be in March 2021.

Wisenbaugh said that if such a millage proposal did pass, talks would still continue after that about how the program would operate. She noted that neighboring counties that have recycling programs run theirs with county funding and employ individuals to work for it.


“We’re hopeful that since we’ve provided this service in the past, when future funding becomes available, they will contact us,” Wisenbaugh said.

Wisenbaugh said that if Thumb Industries were to operate a recycling program again, it would be run out of the same Bad Axe facility as the previous one and it would be run the same way.

Related story: Thumb Industries’ recycling program shuts down

BAD AXE — The Huron County Board of Commissioners voted to let the legislative committee explore restarting the county’s recycling program at this week’s meeting.


Commissioner Todd Talaski said that he and Commissioner Mary Babcock met with Rhonda Wisenbaugh of Thumb Industries and Brian Burke of the State Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy last week to discuss what options there are for restarting the program.

“Its going to cost money, no doubt about that,” Talaski said. “We’ll get something together to present to this board. We’ll see if we want to ask the taxpayers if they are willing to put forward the money to take care of this.”

Talaski said that some of the suggestions that came up during the meeting were to model this program on how programs in neighboring counties work and to see if it is feasible to have Tuscola and Sanilac County’s recycling programs accept Huron’s glass or cardboard, with Babcock noting it would also be possible to take in recyclable electronic materials. Talaksi also said that getting state grants to help would be based on having a long-term plan for a program.

Wisenbaugh said that meeting included a discussion of whether to put forth a recycling millage on an upcoming ballot. Since the deadline for having proposals for the November ballot has passed, the next such closest time a ballot could occur would be in March 2021.

Wisenbaugh said that if such a millage proposal did pass, talks would still continue after that about how the program would operate. She noted that neighboring counties that have recycling programs run theirs with county funding and employ individuals to work for it.

“We’re hopeful that since we’ve provided this service in the past, when future funding becomes available, they will contact us,” Wisenbaugh said.

Wisenbaugh said that if Thumb Industries were to operate a recycling program again, it would be run out of the same Bad Axe facility as the previous one and it would be run the same way.

The Thumb Industries recycling has not been collecting recyclable materials since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it formally announced the program was shutting down back in June. This included no longer accepting materials at its Bad Axe facility and no longer having trailers to collect materials in other parts of the county.

The reasons for the shutdown included a decline in the commodity prices they were getting and a lack of financial support from the county and Huron Behavioral Health, which provided workers to help sort the recyclable materials.

Thumb Industries also worked to get the community involved in saving the program by circulating a petition for people to sign and encouraging residents to contact county commissioners about how important the program was.

The program had been running since 2009 and kept more than 13 million pounds of recyclable materials out of landfills.

More information about how the recycling programs in neighboring counties work will be featured in an upcoming story in the Tribune.



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