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Littering & Recycle Problem Downtown

July 21, 2013

City struggles with trash as complaints mount

TRAVERSE CITY — Overflowing trash cans, littered beaches and dirty bathrooms — that’s the not-so-pretty side of a community jam-packed with summer tourists and festivals.

Bag of ButtsSome Traverse City officials wonder how, indeed if, they can effectively manage the mountains of refuse amid staff cutbacks in an era of tighter government budgets.

Garbage began to pile up around beachfront and downtown trash cans during the National Cherry Festival and the problem hasn’t dissipated, said Steve Constantin, chairman of the city’s Downtown Development Authority.

“We walk the downtown every day and get to see what’s going on,” Constantin said. “It’s like ‘give me a pickup truck’ so I can empty some of these trash cans.

“We’re a million dollar city and we should look that way,” he said.

City officials snipped a ribbon to open the new Clinch Park pavilion on June 25, and less than eight hours later the women’s bathroom was littered with trash and several stalls had run out of toilet paper. The situation hasn’t improved much since then, said Brian Haas, chairman of the city Parks and Recreation Commission.

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Define Reduce

Reduce means finding ways to decrease, or lessen, the amount of garbage we throw away. 

Why this is important? Because we are running out of landfill space to put our garbage! (Have you checked out Glenn’s? Barf.)

You can REDUCE trash by…1. Buying items that use LITTLE or NO packaging (fyi – to package, use saran wrap, instead of tape bc you can recycle it and it packages things safer/better). This reduces the amount of material used to make packaging, and cuts down the amount of trash we produce. Keep in mind, most packaging used is made out of paper or cardboard, which can be recycled!

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What Recycle Does – To the Point

Recycling helps extend the life and usefulness of something that has already served its initial purpose by producing something that is useable. Recycling has a lot of benefits and importance not only to us humans but especially to our planet.

Recycling Saves the Earth.

Recycling Saves Energy.

Recycling Helps Mitigate Global Warming and Reduce Pollution.

Recycling Reduces Waste Products in Landfills.

 

Help. Save. Reduce. Recycle.   BARC_logo_400x198_trans

Join us today to help better our communities. 

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Did You Know…

Did you know recycling creates new businesses that haul, process, and broker recovered materials, as well as companies that manufacture and distribute products made with recycled materials?

The recycling and reuse industry consists of approximately 56,000 establishments that employ over 1.1 million people, generate an annual payroll of nearly $37 billion, and gross over $236 billion in annual revenues.

Unlike the waste management industry, recycling adds value to materials, contributing to a growing labor force including materials sorters, dispatchers, truck drivers, brokers, sales representatives, process engineers, and chemists. These jobs also generally pay above the average national wage, and many are in inner city urban areas where job creation is vital.

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Did you know that well-run recycling programs, like BARC, cost less to operate than waste collection, landfilling, and incineration? Did you know recycling helps families save money? And how about that recycling 1.1 million U.S. jobs, $236 billion in gross annual sales and $37 billion in annual payrolls?

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