In a state with such diverse communities and populations, a "one size fits all" approach to resource management doesn't serve every community. In an effort to give local communities and businesses a chance to move local and regional topics in the right direction and influence state issues, the MRC in 2016 recruited recycling leaders to gather regional stakeholders and facilitate conversations. The MRC identified and is working to serve eight regions across Michigan. The regions have a goal of meeting quarterly throughout the year with one meeting taking place at the Annual Conference in May. Questions? Contact the MRC!

Tracy

Tracy Purrenhage
Regional Outreach Committee Chair

BAY/THUMB REGION

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THE BAY/THUMB REGION INCLUDES:

  • Bay County
  • Genesee County
  • Huron County
  • Lapeer County
  • Midland County
  • Saginaw County
  • Sanilac County
  • Shiawassee County
  • Tuscola County
Carol Somers

Carol Somers, Regional Director

Carol Somers is the community engagement officer for Mid Michigan Waste Authority, which coordinates residential solid waste services for 34 member communities in the greater Saginaw Valley. Carol is relatively new to the solid waste industry, but uses skills from her news reporting and library programming years in her role as the public education, information, and outreach specialist for the Authority. She lives in rural southwest Saginaw County with her farmer husband and two young adult children. Her hobbies include reading, volunteering, and stealthily scrutinizing the contents of recycling bins everywhere she goes. 

Esther

Esther Williams, Regional Director

Esther is the Executive Director at Midland Recyclers. More info coming soon! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YOUR NEXT BAY/THUMB REGIONAL MEETING

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EAST MICHIGAN REGION

East

THE EAST MICHIGAN REGION INCLUDES:

  • Macomb County
  • Oakland County
  • St. Clair County
  • Wayne County
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John Demerjian, Regional Director

John works for Wayne County D.P.S. Land Resource Management Division. He is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (R.E.H.S./R.S.). He became involved with the MRC to help the organization, fellow MRC members, and the environment. His superpower is that he can rood for the Detroit Lions and believe they can actually win! 😊

 

 

Galen

Galen Hardy, Regional Director

Galen Hardy serves as the Community Outreach and Education Coordinator for Zero Waste Detroit. He has a strong sense of connection with the residents of the City. He is an Honorable discharged Marine Corpse Veteran and is an alumnus of Eastern Michigan University where he earned his Bachelors Degree and a graduate of Oakland University where he earned his Masters of Public Administration Degree. He brings a wealth of organizing experience from his previous employment with Focus: HOPE. 

YOUR NEXT EAST MICHIGAN REGIONAL MEETING

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MID MICHIGAN REGION

Mid-Michigan

THE MID MICHIGAN REGION INCLUDES:

  • Clinton County
  • Eaton County
  • Gratiot County
  • Ingham County
  • Isabella County
  • Livingston County
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Jeff Krcmarik, Regional Director

Jeff has worked in the solid waste field for over 30 years and brought his experience to Eaton County in April of 2018. He has managed household hazardous waste collections, county solid waste planning, executing grants that address emerging issues, and implemented several public works projects creating assessment districts ranging from lake management to recycling authorities. Jeff also sat on the board of the MRC in the early 2000s. Jeff 0graduated with a B.S. from Central Michigan University. Shortly afterwards, he moved to Los Angeles, where he worked at the 1984 Olympics and looks forward to doing it again in 2024 when the games return to Los Angeles.

 

 

 

 

Kate

Kate Neese, Regional Director

Kate Neese is the Recycling and Waste Management Coordinator for Clinton County. Her department coordinates single day collection events for hard to recycle items, coordinates and promotes recycling programs with municipalities, works collaboratively with surrounding counties, oversees recycling within the county offices and provides waste management & recycling information to the general public. Kate got involved with the MRC when she first began working at the County level in order to network and glean best practices. She continues to be involved with the MRC because it continues to provide the best networking opportunities while advocating for recycling within our state. Many people know her as "Recycling Kate" and she is rather fond of coffee, running, and her happy family (which includes Mr. Neese, two delightfully crazy boys, four fluffy cats, and one anxious wiener dog).

YOUR NEXT MID MICHIGAN REGIONAL MEETING

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NORTHERN LOWER PENINSULA REGION

Northern Lower

THE NORTHERN LOWER PENINSULA REGION INCLUDES:

  • Alcona County
  • Alpena County
  • Antrim County
  • Arenac County
  • Benzie County
  • Charlevoix County
  • Cheboygan County
  • Clare County
  • Crawford County
  • Emmet County
  • Gladwin County
  • Grand Traverse County
  • Iosco County
  • Kalkaska County
  • Lake County
  • Leelanau County
  • Manistee County
  • Mason County
  • Missaukee County
  • Montmorency County
  • Ogemaw County
  • Osceola County
  • Oscoda County
  • Otsego County
  • Presque Isle County
  • Roscommon County
  • Wexford County
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Matt Biolette, Regional Director

Matt Biolette spends most of his time working one on one with municipalities across Northern Michigan for Republic Services as a Municipal Sales Manager.  His background includes recovery facility operation & education, zero waste to landfill program development & consulting, and spends most of his time today helping municipal communities understand the difference between open market and single hauler collection programs.

Matt is currently the co-director of the Michigan Recycling Coalitions Northern Michigan Outreach Region and has been an active member of the coalition for 9-years. He has served on the board of directors for 8-years (2010-2018), the chair of the membership committee for 4-years and has presented at the MRC conference three times on recycling at the curb.

With over 10-years in the solid waste industry and 15-years in energy efficient lighting, Matt is a self-described eco-warrior.  He believes that communities and companies have a social responsibility to be good stewards of the environment.

Fun Facts

  • Matt served in the US Army right out of high school
  • Matt has four boys ranging from 18-23 years old and a very tolerant wife
  • Matt enjoys anything that has to do with water
  • Has a plan to retire in San Diego, Ca. where he can all 12-months outdoors without snow

YOUR NEXT NORTHERN LOWER PENINSULA REGIONAL MEETING

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UPPER PENINSULA REGION

UP

THE UPPER PENINSULA REGION INCLUDES:

  • Alger County
  • Baraga County
  • Chippewa County
  • Delta County
  • Dickinson County
  • Gogebic County
  • Houghton County
  • Iron County
  • Keweenaw County
  • Luce County
  • Mackinac County
  • Marquette County
  • Menominee County
  • Ontonagon County
  • Schoolcraft County
Don

Don Pyle, Regional Director

Don has been the Manager for the Delta Solid Waste Management Authority for the last 18 years. He manages the only operation in the state of Michigan that currently operates a landfill, MRF, Compost Site, HHW, and Clean Sweep site all in one location. 

Don began in the waste hauling business in 1983. He began his first recycling operations in 1985 with cardboard collections, then baling and marketing the material to mills. He became the manager for the Delta Solid Waste Management Authority in 1999 after selling his private waste haluing and recycling business in 1997.

  • Instituted the first Electronics Waste ban in the state of Michigan in 2003
  • Instituted the first single stream recycling system in the U.P. and fourth system in the State of Michigan in 2005
  • Was the Secretary for the Upper Peninsula Recycling Coalition (UPRC) from 1994 to 2015
  • Has been a board member of the Michigan Recycling Coalition since 2004
  • Was a member of the 2007 Solid Waste policy for the State of Michigan update committee for MDEQ
  • In 2013 and 2014 participated as a member of the MDEQ financial assurance update process
  • In June 2017 was appointed to the Governor's Recycling Council

Don is married to his wife of 44 years, has three married children, and 11 grandchildren. He resides in the beautiful U.P. of Michigan on a small farm and enjoys all types of outdoor sports and recreation.

YOUR NEXT UPPER PENINSULA REGIONAL MEETING

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SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN REGION

Southeast

THE SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN REGION INCLUDES:

  • Hillsdale County
  • Jackson County
  • Lenawee County
  • Monroe County
  • Washtenaw County
Justin Jungman

Justin Jungman, Regional Director

Justin Jungman is the co-director of the Southeastern chapter of the MRC. Justin has worked in the recycling industry within Michigan for the last 16 years. In that time, Justin has helped recycle batteries, electronics, paper, plastic, and cardboard. His career in recycling has always been with Michigan-based companies, and he's been involved with the MRC throughout his time in recycling. When he's not promoting recycling, Justin enjoys golf, fishing, and spending time with his wife and two children. 

 

 

 

Chris

Chris Maresco, Regional Director

Chris has been an Outside Sales Rep for the Metro Detroit are for Speed-Tech Equipment since 2013. Speed-Tech specializes in service and sales of compactors, balers, and loading dock equipment. Chris has been in sales and customer service for 35 years, having worked in retail, wholesale, and industrial businesses. Most of his work has been automotive based. Chris has been married to his wife Cheryl for 40 years with a daughter, son, and son-in-law as well as 2 amazing grandchildren. Chris is passionate about personal development and is currently in training to be a Life Coach. He enjoys building projects out of wood and is learning how to weld, with the ultimate goal of building his own Street Rod, classic car. 

YOUR NEXT SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN REGIONAL MEETING

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SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN REGION

Southwest

THE SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN REGION INCLUDES:

  • Allegan County
  • Barry County
  • Berrien County
  • Branch County
  • Calhoun County
  • Cass County
  • Kalamazoo County
  • St. Joseph County
  • Van Buren County
Jill

Jill Brown, Regional Director

For greater than 10 years, Jill has organized and developed recycling programs for municipalities, nonprofits, commercial and citizen organizations. Jill is enthusiastic about guiding Michiganders through recycling markets and standards. She has expertise in fibers, commercial and consumer plastics. 

Metro History:

Operating in the tri-state area and beyond, Metro Recycling Solutions by volume is the largest pure recycling brokerage company in Michigan. They are proud to partner with retail businesses, specialized groups, nonprofits, municipalities, industrial and commercial manufacturing. No matter what type of entity, large or small, they have the solution for you. Their trusted team has over 100 years of combined recycling experience. You will never be alone in your recycling efforts. Metro Recycling Solutions is always enthusiastic about building new and lasting partnerships. Metro Recycling Solutions is in constant communication with partners, offering ongoing support and education to help create the most efficient recycling process that fits your specific needs. Metro Recycling Solutions offers fair and competitive pricing based on market trends for each grade of material. They will purchase and market your collected material for the best possible value. In addition, they offer fast commodity reimbursement tailored to meet your needs.

YOUR NEXT SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN REGIONAL MEETING

DATE:
March 29, 2019

TIME: 2:00-4:00 pm

LOCATION:
Green Earth Electronics Recycling
4200 Niles Rd.
St. Joseph, MI 49085

PLEASE RSVP

WEST MICHIGAN REGION

West Michigan

THE WEST MICHIGAN REGION INCLUDES:

  • Ionia County
  • Kent County
  • Mecosta County
  • Montcalm County
  • Muskegon County
  • Newaygo County
  • Oceana County
  • Ottawa County
Nick Carlson

Nick Carlson, Regional Director

Believing in the power of work to transform lives and communities, Nick has dedicated over a decade of his life to the Goodwill movement. Nick currently serves as the Vice President of Donated Goods Operations for Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Inc. In this role, he oversees warehousing operations, transportation, and post-market & export operations. Nick also provides technical expertise around environmental and sustainability functions within Goodwill's broader operations. 

Nick serves on the State of Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Board for Occupational Therapists and the Chair of the Disciplinary Subcommittee for the Board. Nick is also active with the Michigan DEQ concerning e-waste legislation and recycling programs. He serves on the Kent County Solid Waste Planning Committee as an Environmental Advocacy appointee and is a former board member of both the Michigan Recycling Coalition and the U.S. Green Building Councils West Michigan Chapter.

Nick is a native of West Michigan living in Spring Lake. He attained his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois. He has a strong dedication to environmental sustainability, social justica, and has an equally strong commitment to ethics and education.

Bill Haagsma

Bill Haagsma, Regional Director

Bill is a Regional Sales Rep for Speed-Tech Equipment. He has served on the Michigan Recycling Coalition Board of Directors for over 6 years and helped initiate the regional outreach program for the MRC. Bill's experience includes Waste-to-Energy, battery recycling, and HHW at Kent County DPW. He was an operation supervisor for Waste Management and has experience with LEED projects through Allied Waste. 

Bill served Active Duty in the US Air Force and in the National Guard. Bill has been married to a very supportive wife of 31 years with two children actively involved in their community. When Bill is not helping customers with their recycling needs or spending time with his family, he enjoys helping people enjoy this great state of Michigan through fly fishing on some of our pristine rivers and inland waterways. He sits on the BOD for BOJC/MI chapter, and organization completely dedicated to teaching the art and passion of fly fishing to our next generation who will inherit the responsibility of protecting our Great Lakes Watersheds and the species that live within them. 

 

 

 

YOUR NEXT WEST MICHIGAN REGIONAL MEETING

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