About Us


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. 


  • Enrolled in a college degree program
  • Professional presence and demeanor
  • Use of basic Microsoft Office - Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Strong communication skills (oral, written, presentation)
  • Strong motivation to grow personal professional skills
  • Basic business knowledge




            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
Haworth, Inc.
One Haworth Center
Holland, MI 49423
Office: (616) 393-1215

Sarah Kelly - Treasurer
Calhoun County Health Dept. 
315 W. Green St. 
Marshall, MI 49068

Office: (269) 969-6395

Bill Haagsma - Secretary
Speed-Tech Equipment
3364 Quincy Ave.
Hudsonville, MI 49426
Phone: (231) 747-3946
Fax: (616) 896-1756

Matt Biolette
Republic Services
21545 Cannonsville Rd. 
Pierson, MI 49339
Office: (616) 636-4096

Jake Borton
Isabella County MRF
200 N. Main St. 
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Phone: 989-773-9631

Dan Broersma
Herman Miller Inc. 
855 E. Main Ave. 
Zeeland, MI 49464
Office: (616) 638-0670

Roger Cargill
Schupan Recycling
2394 Rolfe Rd. 
Mason, MI 48854
Cell: (517) 881-9152

Patrick Cullen

Wayne County DPS
3600 Commerce Ct, Bldg. E
Wayne, MI 48184
Office: (734) 326-4437

Matt Flechter
MI Dept. of Environment Quality
PO Box 30241
Lansing, MI  48909-7741
Cell: (517) 614-7353

Stephen Klemann
ReCommunity Recycling
20000 West 8 Mile Rd. 
Southfield, MI 48075
Cell: (607) 437-8820

Rick Lombardo
PO Box 244
Haslett, MI 48840
Phone: 517-230-5995


Don Pyle 
Delta Solid Waste Management Authority
PO Box 198
Escanaba, MI  49829-0198
Office: (906) 786-9056

Mary Beth Roe
Eaton County Resource Recovery
1045 Independence Blvd. 
Charlotte, MI 48813

Dave Smith
MSU Surplus & Recycling
468 Green Way
East Lansing, MI  48824
Office: (517) 884-0941

Robert Spaulding 
Livingston County
2300 East Grand River, Suite 105
Howell, MI  48843
Phone: (517) 545-9609









Michigan Recycling Coalition Staff
Office: (517) 974-3672
Fax: (517) 487-9541

Kerrin O'Brien
Executive Director

Katie Fahey
Program Coordinator

Kelly Schalter
Administrative Assistant



Michigan Recycling Coalition

Physical: 602 W Ionia St., Lansing, MI  48933
Mailing: PO Box 10070, Lansing, MI  48901
Office:  (517) 974-3672

E-mail: info@michiganrecycles.org 


Michigan Recycling Coalition

Mailing: PO Box 10070 Lansing, MI 48901
Physical: 602 W. Ionia Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: 517-974-3672
Fax: 517-487-9541
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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 ProjectEconomic Impacts, Michigan Recycling Coalition 2001

Michigan Bottle Bill: A Final Report to the Michigan Great Lakes Protection Fund, Stutz and Gilbert 2000

Michigan Annual Landfill Reports


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