Current Position Openings:
Membership Development Internship:
This is a great opportunity for a student seeking a career in sales, marketing, advertising, community relations, environmental services, or business. Although this is a fast paced internship, the Michigan Recycling Coalition does offer a flexible work schedule and can accommodate an intern in either the Lansing or Grand Rapids area.
This intern will assist the Program Coordinator and Board of Directors Membership Committee on sseveral membership development projects covering a range of experiences. This internship will focus on enhancing and implementing a membership development strategy that targets organizations across Michigan. Interns will experience the full membership process from recruitment to renewal, focusing on retention and how to build quality relationships across an industry. There will also be exposure to event planning and strategy, as the Michigan Recycling Coalition annually holds the largest recycling and organics professional conference in Michigan.
Interns will be required to work with a variety of networks and with a diversity of organizations and perspectives. The ideal candidate will begin to learn the ins and outs of the industry and gain a unique exposure to the many actors that are involved in recycling, from local governments to fortune 500 companies.
Welcome to the Michigan Recycling Coalition!
The Michigan Recycling Coalition (MRC) represents recycling and composting interests statewide. The Coalition is a recognized authority on waste reduction, beneficial utilization, recycling, and composting through the experience of its Staff and Committees.
The MRC was started almost 30 years ago by a group of passionate individuals who shared a vision to advance resource conservation issues in our great state. It is governed by a 15 member Board of Directors representing public, private and nonprofit agencies across Michigan. The MRC's work is carried out by a variety of committees and staff.
For a more detailed look at what we're working on for the 2016-2017 year check out our Annual Strategic Goals Recap Here
Michigan Recycling Coalition
Board of Directors
May 2016 - May 2017
For a peek at what is expected of our board members check out our MRC Board Roles & Responsibilites section
Bill Gurn – Chair
Sarah Kelly - Treasurer
Bill Haagsma - Secretary
Mary Beth Roe
Michigan Recycling Coalition Staff
Michigan Recycling Coalition
Physical: 602 W Ionia St., Lansing, MI 48933
Governor Snyder set aside $1 million in his budget recommendation presentation on 2/5/14 for recycling in Michigan. This will serve as an initiative to learn more about best practices, and expand the program throughout the state in the future. See the details here.
State of Recycling in Michigan
While the State of Michigan does not require reporting of recycling nor comprehensively collect related data, Biocycle Magazine, an industry publication, estimates Michigan’s recycling rate at 14.5%. This recycling rate puts Michigan behind almost all states in the Great Lakes region and is far below the 2007 State Solid Waste Policy’s recycling goal of 50% by 2015.
The Michigan Recycling Coalition’s 2011 State of Recycling in Michigan: A Way Forward, sought to identify both the economic and environmental benefits of recycling to the state. The report estimates the value of the materials currently disposed in Michigan at approximately $500 million annually. In a November 2012 special message (page 18) to the state legislature, Michigan’s governor, Rick Snyder identified recycling as a priority for his administration. The State’s Department of Environmental Quality has been working with stakeholders to explore and identify policy and funding options to support the increased recovery and recycling of products and packaging in Michigan. The Department presented its first proposal for consideration by the Recycling Workgroup on September 10, 2013, Recommended Approach for Comprehensive Recycling in Michigan.
A number of reports contribute to our current understanding of recycling, follow the links below to view them:
Residential Recycling in Michigan: Communities with more than 10,000 people, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Michigan must recycle more landfill less - Detroit Free Press Opinion: Kerrin O'Brien, Michigan Recycling Coalition Executive Director
Improving Recycling Performance in Michigan: Best Practices, Options and Potential Costs, Public Sector Consultants for the Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers 2013
Expanding Recycling in Michigan: An Update, Public Sector Consultants for the Michigan Recycling Partnership 2009
Expanding Recycling in Michigan, Public Sector Consultants for the Michigan Recycling Partnership 2006
Recommendations for Improving and Expanding Recycling in Michigan, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
The Michigan Beverage and Container Task Force Final Report, Michigan Beverage Container and Recycling Task Force 2003
Michigan Recycling Measurement Project: Collection and Diversion, Michigan Recycling Coalition 2001
Michigan Recycling Measurement Project: Economic Impacts, Michigan Recycling Coalition 2001
Michigan Bottle Bill: A Final Report to the Michigan Great Lakes Protection Fund, Stutz and Gilbert 2000
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