A Westland recycling truck. (Photo: Courtesy of the City of Westland.)
The Westland City Council approved $40,000 in sanitation fund dollars to support the city’s residential recycling education initiative.
This Oct. 19 approval will allow city officials to procure items aimed to educate Westland residents about the newly-reinstated curbside recycling program.
After suspending the program due to the changing economics of recycling, the city was reinstituted the popular program in July after an additional sanitation millage was approved by Westland voters.
Early results on participation have been favorable, city leaders said, as Westland’s recycling tonnage is quickly returning. However, the new required methods of recycling are not being adhered to by all residents and the results have produced many contaminated loads, which unfortunately increases the city’s costs dramatically.
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This educational outreach will focus on the changes to the program, which include the requirements for all materials to be clean, dry and loose. Glass is also no longer accepted under this new program.
The goals of the education initiative are to increase volume and participation, reduce contamination, and enhance community awareness of acceptable and unacceptable recycling materials. Funds will be used to purchase 30,000 each of the following:
- Recycling container labels
- Double sided educational postcards
- Single sided educational postcards
- Clear doorknob bags
“Westland residents care deeply about our city, which is reflected by their incredible recycling participation, having previously diverted over 80 million pounds from the landfill,” commented Mayor William R. Wild. “Through active engagement and outreach, we can further our shared goal of creating a sustainable community for future generations.”
Distribution of educational materials is expected to take place in the upcoming weeks.
For more information, call 734-467-3200.
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