Friday, June 22, 2012
Hazel Park won the recycling challenge by increasing its tonnage more than Huntington Woods did. See why that makes both cities recycling champions.
After a friendly recycling competition that remained “too close to call” throughout the month of May, Huntington Woods is standing aside to let Hazel Park bask in its victory. “I am pleased to say that they won,” said Claire Galed, manager of Huntington Woods Department of Public Works. “The whole reason of getting into this challenge was really to give other cities an incentive to try to improve.” Hazel Park put up some fierce competition because as Galed explained, Huntington Woods is the leader among the 12 communities in the Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority (SOCRRA) when it comes to recycling. The newly crown Hazel Park was in last place. After the monthlong competition, Hazel Park increased its recycling tonnage…
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Both cities have seen a 12 percent increase in recycling since the start of their competition at the beginning of the month.
Good competition always has a way of spurring on participation, and that appears to be the case in the Huntington Woods versus Hazel Park recycling war going on this month. The cities have both seen a 12 percent increase in their recycling tonnage compared with the same period last year, according to Claire Galed, manager of the Huntington Woods Department of Public Works. “My residents thrive on competition and I’m really pleased that Hazel Park is keeping up with us,” Galed said. “I think it is a tribute to their efforts and that they are pushing recycling as much as we are.” Galed said the fact that the cities are tied is significant because while Huntington Woods is the recycling leader of the 12 communities in the Southeastern Oakland…
Monday, April 30, 2012
The two SOCRRA cities compete to see which can increase its recycling rate the most.
Huntington Woods and Hazel Park are engaging in a little trash talking this month as the two cities compete to see which increases its recycling rate the most by the end of May. Huntington Woods is the leader among the 12 communities in the Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority (SOCRRA) when it comes to recycling. Hazel Park is last. "The idea behind it is to encourage more recycling in SOCRRA," said Claire Galed, public works manager for Huntington Woods. Last year, Huntington Woods recovered 92 percent of its recycling costs, meaning it nearly absorbed the cost of recycling with all the money it was saving, Galed said, and it was saving a great deal more than if it trashed everything. Its recyclables collection cost …
Sunday, April 22, 2012
After more than 40 years, the call to protect our planet remains strong.
Happy 42nd Earth Day. The first Earth Day, observed across the country on April 22, 1970, highlighted a growing public concern for ecological issues. More than 40 years later, the call to protect our planet still resonates. Recyclebank, a company that gives discounts and deals to people for taking everyday green actions, put together some easy electronic-minded ideas to help the planet. To celebrate a day dedicated to going green, we’ve got a few tips for Berkley-Huntington Woods Patch users to help the environment: What do you do to help the planet?
Friday, October 21, 2011
The city will mark November as America Recycles Month as the only SOCCRA community to have entirely converted to single-stream recycling.
The Huntington Woods City Commission proclaimed November as America Recycles Month during its meeting Tuesday night at City Hall, following the successful launch of the city's pioneering single-stream recycling program. The program provided all city residents with new recycling carts that allow recyclers to skip the step of sorting. So far, said Claire Galed of the Huntington Woods Public Works Department, the initiative is going great. "(During the first collection Oct. 11), we saw an increase of approximately 12 percent over the quantity of recycling from the previous week," she wrote in an email to Berkley Patch. "I have had no serious complaints. The most common question is: 'You mean I can just throw everything in all mixed together…
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
State Sen. Vincent Gregory gives government update at Tuesday's City Commissione meeting; residents honored for their outstanding recycling efforts as city looks forward to new all-in-one bins.
There was good cheer, a special guest and some more trash talk at the Huntington Woods City Commission meeting Tuesday night at City Hall. Joining the discussion was state Sen. Vincent Gregory, who gave a brief report of the goings-on in state government during the last six months. Gregory said he is concerned with a lack of transparency on the budget and opposed shifting the school aid fund. "The $370 a student cut is a massive amount to take out of our schools," he said. "It's devastating." But before talk started, awards needed to be handed out and congratulations made to Financial Director Tony Lehmann. Huntington Woods earned a certificate of achievement for financial excellence from the Government Financial Officers Association. …