- Schupan & Sons CEO on the Pride and Profitability of Being Green
"We're all on this planet together, and if you do the right things you hope it has a multiplier effect," says Schupan. "I have children, and I want them to be proud of how we operate and handle our business. Our employees want to be proud of the values of their employer."
- More Plastic Bottles in Our Landfills? Ford Has a Better Idea - Carpeting
"At this rate, twenty or thirty years from now we can reduce our carbon foot print dramatically," says Sinclair. "By using a lot of renewable and recycled products, we can make sure that we don't have much of our product going into the scrap yard at the end of the vehicle's life."
- Catastrophic coal ash releases serve as a backdrop to regulatory battle
The United States generates millions of tons of coal ash, mostly related to the combustion of coal to generate energy. The ash is stored in landfills or open impoundments that are not currently regulated under federal laws governing solid and hazardous wastes. Despite high profile releases of tons of coal ash, EPA regulation is still not a certainty.
- Crippen Dealership: Driving a green initiative for dealerships
"Greening our dealership was the right thing to do - not only for sales, but also for the environment."
- Oakland University student Alex Kozlowski is recycling for a better future
"Throughout the course of human history we've had three revolutions: agricultural, industrial, technological and the inevitable fourth one will be the sustainability revolution," says Kozlowski. "It's just a matter of time and we need to make it happen if we want to survive on this planet.
Kerrin OBrien: Recycling waste into future commodities
- Kerrin OBrien talks with Kirk Heinze on WJR
Kerrin O’Brien is the executive director of the Michigan Recycling Coalition. The MRC provides information and resources to Michigan residents and both the public and private sectors to encourage recycling on all levels.
The Coalition promotes recycling to businesses through their Master Business Recycler program. The program provides a manual and training to help businesses integrate recycling habits into their operations.
“We have this waste paradigm where we put it out at the curb and it just kind of disappears,” says O’Brien. “It’s a magical process, and we pay the bill at the end.”
“We are hoping and encouraging people to question where that stuff goes. We’re encouraging them to separate it now so that instead of a waste, we’re turning it into a commodity.”
O’Brien stresses that recycling is essential to ensure a sustainable future both locally and globally. She thinks that recycling can reduce the impact of issues such as resource scarcity and global warming.
“We’re closing the loop. We’re not extracting raw materials from other countries and degrading their environment in doing so,” says O’Brien. “We’re strengthening local economies by keeping our materials here in Michigan”
A big issue facing the recycling industry is how to dispose of e-waste. E-waste is what is generated after the life of an electronic product. The state of Michigan is in the process of implementing a law that requires manufacturers and distributers of electronic products to provide free and convenient recycling for consumers to dispose of their e-waste.
“The challenge is what is convenient,” says O’Brien. “Now producers are kind of circumventing and engaging in contracts for large scale recycling. There’s some challenging issues here in Michigan for that law to have a real impact, but I do see that coming down the road.”
Click on the arrow above to hear O’Brien’s July 30 Greening of the Great Lakes conversation with Kirk Heinze. Greening of the Great Lakes airs Friday evenings a 7 on News/Talk 760 WJR.
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