News Release: Coalition asks for curbside recycling in line with Governors agenda

For Immediate Release: August 1, 2013 
Contact – Margaret Weber, 313-938-1133
Kerrin O’Brien, 517-974-3672
Ahmina Maxey, 313-986-2990

Detroit seeks waste collection bids;  Coalition asks for citywide curbside recycling in line with governor’s agenda

Aligns with Gov. Snyder’s plans to increase recycling in 2014


DETROIT – Citywide curbside recycling should be the centerpiece of a new waste collection contract that was put out for bids by the city of Detroit this week, according to state and local recycling advocates.

The city’s Request For Proposals (RFP) for waste and recycling collection, released this week, is a significant moment in the future of the city and the state, according to Zero Waste Detroit (ZWD) and the Michigan Recycling Coalition (MRC). Both coalitions are encouraged that all RFP submissions require uniform recycling collection citywide.  Now is the time to put Detroit on a positive path forward, one which prioritizes materials recovery and minimizes polluting and wasteful disposal options like incinerators and landfills.

“Zero Waste Detroit and the Michigan Recycling Coalition are hopeful for a proposal which will make far-reaching changes and build on waste as a job creator, economic stimulator, and provider of long-term environmental benefits for Detroit residents” said Ahmina Maxey of ZWD.

Selection of a proposal which includes a city-wide recycling program will support Governor Rick Snyder’s goal of boosting Michigan’s recycling rate, and create needed jobs in and around an economically depressed city.

“A Detroit contract for waste and recycling collection will be the State’s largest, providing an important opportunity for the City to increase its 7% recycling rate.  As the recycling rate increases, Detroit must position itself to benefit from, not only the value of the materials diverted from disposal to recycling, but from the recycling-reliant manufacturers that will be attracted to those recyclables.” stated Kerrin O’Brien of the Michigan Recycling Coalition.

Now is the time to get Detroit’s solid waste management in line with the 2011 City Charter mandate and with the Environmental Protection Agency’s hierarchy of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Now is the time to move the City upward in sustainability rankings, to be a leader. Waste management decisions have enormous financial, quality of life, and environmental implications for any city.

ZWD and MRC urge Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to initiate and articulate a vision that will demonstrate environmental leadership and provide economic opportunity for Detroit.



 Zero Waste Detroit is a group of community and environmental groups: Coalition for Community Change. Detroit Audubon Society, Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, East Michigan Environmental Action Council, Ecology Center, Feedom Freedom, Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit, Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, Green Door Initiative, Greenacres Woodward Civic Association, Institute for Local Self Reliance, Michigan Environmental Council, Rosedale Recycles, Sierra Club Environmental Justice Program, Sierra Club Southeast Michigan Group, Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision, Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice, Voices for Earth Justice, We Want Green, Too!, 48217 Community & Environmental Health Organization


The MRC is a non-profit statewide recycling advocate and association for recycling professionals.  For over 30 years the MRC has advocated for waste reduction, recycling, and composting policies in Michigan.  The Coalition of public and private recycling and composting service providers has facilitated an annual recycling conference and numerous other training and networking events to enhance recycling opportunities across the state. For more information on MRC and the Recycle, MI campaign, visit: