Once again, recycling program managers find themselves at the mercy of changes in overseas markets. These and ongoing funding challenges stop communities from investing in programs and limit growth and success in communities with existing programs. 

Get a better understanding of the current state of affairs in relation to current market disruptions, pending legislation, and the role of local government in assuring services at this year's Fall Into Recycling: Weathering the Storms. 

                                         See below for more details on registration and the day's agenda.




Weathering the Storms

Tuesday, December 5

9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$75 Member Registration
$100 Non-Member Registration
Seating is limited

Learn about policy tools and program components that assure the delivery of valued services and make good programs more resilient to winds of change. 

Learn about the hub and spoke model of infrastructure development and service provision and how it can guide the development of Michigan's recycling network. 

Learn how to communicate effectively with regional recycling partners and decision-makers to deliver consistent and coherent recycling messages that resonate. 


Recycling programs face a wide variety of challenges, from lack of local support to disrupted markets overseas. Learn more about the challenges we will continue to face and the key program components and policies that make your programs sustainable in the face of these challenges. Understand how other states are providing access to recycling and overcoming transporation and market challenges by developing successful partnership through the Hub and Spoke Model. Learn how to think about and even justify funding for a valued public service. You'll understand the communication and messaging challenges more mature programs are facing and tackling with new resources and partnerships. 

  • Legislative Update
  • Implications of the China Ban
  • Understand the components of a well-designed recycling program and how those components make the program more resilient in times of trouble. 
  • What a Hub & Spoke Model of recycling means to your program, your region, and Michigan. 
  • Building a sustainable and successful recycling program requires well-coordinated and well-communicated information that leads all partners to success. 


The Michigan Recycling Coalition works at state and local levels to advocate and support recycling efforts throughout Michigan. We travel to many meetings, forums and conferences to represent our members for change. 

DEQ Director, Dan Wyant, issues a letter of appreciation to the Michigan Recycling Coalition:


"The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) wishes to commend the Michigan Recycling Coalition (MRC) for its leadership on recycling in Michigan"


"The DEQ appreciates the hard work, knowledge, and dedication that the MRC continues to demonstrate as this plan develops and welcomes the potential opportunities that recycling can bring to the state as a whole"


"The MRC is well-positioned to carry on as a leader during this important time of stakeholder collaboration and consensus building. The DEQ looks forward to continuing to work with the MRC as recycling expansion grows throughout Michigan"