Bill Text: MI HR0194 | 2021-2022 | 101st Legislature | Enrolled

Bill Title: A resolution to declare November 15-21, 2021, as Recycling Week in the state of Michigan.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 18-2)

Status: (Passed) 2021-11-10 - Adopted [HR0194 Detail]

Download: Michigan-2021-HR0194-Enrolled.html



house resolution no.194

Reps. Anthony, Aiyash, Allor, Bezotte, Brabec, Cavanagh, Haadsma, Hope, Koleszar, Kuppa, Lasinski, Liberati, Rabhi, Rogers, Sneller, Sowerby, Steenland, Thanedar, Weiss and Witwer offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare November 15-21, 2021, as Recycling Week in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, We all hold the responsibility to future generations to ensure they have the ability and right to live in a clean and sustainable Michigan; and 

Whereas, Michigan’s recycling rate is around only 15% when the national recycling rate is 32%; and 

Whereas, Recycling not only has a positive impact on the environment, but also provides an economic benefit. Research shows that recycling and reuse activities nationwide accounted for 681,000 jobs and $37.8 billion in wages. A 2017 state recycling report states that over $600 million recoverable materials end up in landfills, costing the state of Michigan over 1 billion dollars; and

Whereas, In the year 2020, the total waste disposal in Michigan landfills was reported at 52,697,247 cubic yards; and 

Whereas, Recycling conserves resources such as timber, water, and minerals. Recycling protects the environment by reducing the amount of waste in landfills and combustion facilities, as well as the amount of plastic in Michigan’s waterways; and

Whereas, Approximately 9,887 metric tons of plastic debris per year enter the Laurentian Great Lakes. The Great Lakes make up about 21% of the world’s supply of surface fresh water and 84% of North America’s surface fresh water; and

Whereas, It is estimated that 138,000 new jobs would be created if Michigan’s recycling rate tripled to 45%. This would provide $9 billion in annual labor income and $33.8 billion in economic output. This would also eliminate emission of an additional 7 million metric ton equivalent of carbon dioxide; and  

Whereas, We celebrate Michiganders' continued dedication to reduce, reuse, and recycle; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare November 15-21, 2021, as Recycling Week in the state of Michigan. We demonstrate our state's  commitment to sustainability. The act of recycling, both at the individual and industrial level, help support a healthier and more economically prosperous Michigan.