Alpena County Recycling Guideline in December Tax Bills
Fri, 01 Dec 2017 06:03:19 EST
Have you ever wondered how to, or what is accepted in the Alpena County recycling programs?

All residential taxpayers will be receiving a one page flyer in their December tax bill explaining what is accepted in recycle bins located around Alpena County.

Of high importance, knowing what items are NOT accepted. Non accepted items are frequently left in full plastic bags that just turn into garbage which has to be separated out and sent to the landfill. That results in about 10-thousand dollars ($10,000.00) a year needlessly wasted.

For the time being, the Resource Recovery Center on M-32 west of Alpena stopped taking all hazardous materials and electronics items until next May, since there is no room to store items during the winter.

As previously reported, the recovery center has been making progress on processing materials, as they received a 50-thousand dollar ($50,000.00) Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) grant. Coupled with 38-thousand ($38,000.00) from the Alpena Recycling Board, a new skid steer and Moly Magnet was purchased. Another item was acquiring a refurbished horizontal baler to help speed up processing materials, and a new dumper box will be added to the site in the near future.

Site Manager Stan Mischley says between October 1st of 2016 and September 30th 2017, over 7-hundred 46 tons (746.16) of recycled materials (1,492,320 lbs.) were shipped to market.

That included paper, cardboard, plastic, electronics, used paint, metal, aluminum, hazardous materials, and copper.


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