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Mike Csapo: Recycling can benefit Michigan economy and environment

Mike Csapo talks with Kirk Heinze on WJR and WDBM

Mike Csapo is the policy committee chair for the Michigan Recycling Coalition and the lead author of a recent, first of its kind, report on the state of recycling in Michigan called "2011 State of Recycling in Michigan:  A Way Forward."

Csapo is also general manager of the Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County.

Csapo says Michigan is behind its peer states in the region in terms of both public and private recycling and that an improvement in our recycling rate can improve both Michigan's economy and environment.

"The State of Michigan has recognized that recycling is important to Michigan’s economy, its quality of life and its environment but also that public and private recycling in Michigan has underperformed," Csapo says.  "Without leadership and investment by the State, though, Michigan cannot fully benefit from the economic and environmental returns that recycling can yield."

Csapo is optimistic about the Snyder Administration's commitment to recycling and Michigan's environment.

"There is a recognition among people in the administration that Michigan is behind in recycling but could benefit greatly by improving recycling," says Csapo.

Csapo says the report was developed to define the costs and benefits of establishing a best-in-class recycling program.

Please click on the arrow above to hear Csapo's detailed discussion of the report with Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great LakesGreening of the Great Lakes airs Sunday evenings at 9 on News/Talk 760 WJR and Friday evenings at 7 on MSU's Impact Radio.

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