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File #: 19-1681    Version: 1 Name: 9/3 - Expansion of State Recycling Grants
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 9/3/2019 In control: City Council
On agenda: 9/3/2019 Final action: 9/3/2019
Enactment date: 9/3/2019 Enactment #: R-19-411
Title: Resolution to Advocate for the Expansion of State of Michigan Recycling Grants
Sponsors: Jane Lumm, Jack Eaton, Kathy Griswold, Jeff Hayner, Chip Smith, Ali Ramlawi, Anne Bannister

Title

Resolution to Advocate for the Expansion of State of Michigan Recycling Grants

Memorandum

The State of Michigan through the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy provides a series of grant opportunities for third parties to promote recycling in the State. These grant programs include efforts to promote recycling among citizens, to build recycling infrastructure, and to contribute to the research and development of recycling end markets. This last grant program, the end-market development, is of particular interest to the City because of the importance of developing markets where recyclable materials can be economically used as a resource, especially given the disruption in the international recycling market that has caused the purchase price of recyclable materials to plummet.

Staff

Prepared by: John Fournier, Assistant City Administrator

Reviewed by: Howard Lazarus, City Administrator

Sponsored by: Councilmembers Lumm, Eaton, Griswold, Hayner and Smith

Body

Whereas, The City of Ann Arbor is a community dedicated to environmental stewardship, sustainability, and creative problem solving;

 

Whereas, The City has historically been a leader in recycling, both in terms of community participation and in the innovative recycling programs that we have implemented;

 

Whereas, Over the last two years the market price of recyclable materials has dropped significantly, causing a crisis in local recycling markets and causing many municipalities to divert recyclable materials to landfills;

 

Whereas, While the City of Ann Arbor has maintained its recycling program over this stretch of time, it is clear that new end-market recycling opportunities need to be developed domestically to promote diversion of recyclable materials and bolster local recycling programs nationwide;

 

WHEREAS, In 2014 the State of Michigan created a recycling grant program under the now-named department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy to propose to fund recycling end-market development opportunities among other important programs;

 

Whereas, In FY2019 the State of Michigan funded the recycling end-market development grant program at $2 million, with a maximum grant amount of $500,000; and

 

Whereas, Recognizing the extent of the solid waste and recycling issues that we face, and the resource intensive nature of recycling product development and research, $2 million is insufficient to meet these challenges;

 

RESOLVED, That the City of Ann Arbor urges the State Legislature and the Governor to prioritize and substantially increase funding for the recycling end-market development grant program for future budget years; and

 

RESOLVED, That the City Administrator send copies of this resolution to Governor Whitmer, State Senator Irwin and State Representatives Warren, Rabhi and Lasinski.

 

Sponsored by: Councilmembers Lumm, Eaton, Griswold, Hayner, Smith, Ramlawi and Bannister