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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

We need more recycling! Petition available online

HOUGHTON -- The Copper Country Recycling Initiative (CCRI), a local organization committed to reducing our waste streams, urges local residents to complete and sign a Petition for more recycling services -- which are not offered to residents and businesses in most of the Western UP, including Houghton and Keweenaw counties.

Research indicates that most people recycle when given the opportunity. Curbside recycling has been implemented with great success in the cities of Houghton and Hancock. CCRI is coordinating this petition because we need to continue to improve and prevent our landfill's limited space being taken up by things that can be recycled.

Here is the text of the Petition:

"I support diverting waste from the landfill through recycling, composting, and implementing processes that add value to the county's waste stream. I urge officials in Houghton County to investigate and support these goals too. I support an increase in recycling opportunities in our region, and urge the city, village, township, and county officials of the Western UP to work with the county commissioners to create recycling opportunities for the county’s residents and visitors."

CLICK HERE to sign the Petition and, if you wish, add comments.

CCRI has no interest in keeping, using, or selling your personal information from the petition other than to influence policy decision makers for the community.

The deadline for petition signatures is Sept. 9, 2019, in order to allow a little time for CCRI to get them organized for a presentation at the Houghton County Commissioners' meeting at 5 p.m. on Sept. 10. Signatures submitted after Sept. 9 will still be very valuable. A letter to your township supervisor or county commissioner encouraging them to support more recycling would also be very effective.

In addition to signing the petition, you can also participate in any of the following ways:
  • Attend local [city, village, township, county] meetings and urge your representatives to expand recycling.
  • See the CCRI Keweenaw Recycling Guide here.