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 …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
President Rick Kagen delivered a $60,000 check during a recent City Commission meeting that will be used to cover the cost of single-stream recycling bins residents received in October.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Leslie Ellis
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Huntington Woods Men's Club President Rick Kagen recently delivered a big check to the city. The Price Is Right-size voucher was made out for a significant sum: $60,000, which – along with approximately $20,000 from the city's sanitation fund – will be used to cover the cost of single-stream recycling bins that residents received in October. The donation represented a portion of the $80,000 that was raised during the 2011 Huntington Woods Men's Club Service Auction, Kagen said during the Nov. 22 City Commission meeting at City Hall. "We're very lucky – as a city – to have such a dedicated group of gentlemen," said Mayor Ronald Gillham, who accepted the check. Huntington Woods is the first of 12 Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery…
Thursday, October 27, 2011
The Berkley Environmental Advisory Committee will accept nominations through Oct. 31.
The Berkley Environmental Advisory Committee is seeking Recycler of the Year nominations and there's still time to recognize someone for their efforts to reduce waste and inspire others to follow suit. The award serves as a thank you of sorts for ardent recyclers, but also has the potential added benefit of increasing the rate of recycling in Berkley. "Recycling in Berkley drives down city solid waste costs and increases revenue to the city from the purchase of recycled materials," a Berkley Environmental Advisory Committee press release reads. "A strong recycling program helps maintain a lower tax rate." Nominees can be businesses – last year, for example, Amici's Pizza & Living Room won – or individuals of any age. "If you have a …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
All-In-One Recycling Workshop 201 on Thursday at Huntington Woods Public Library will teach residents how to use new single-stream recycling carts and reduce the amount of waste they throw out each week.
Residents can learn tips for using the city's new single-stream recycling carts and reducing the amount of waste they throw out during a workshop Thursday at the Huntington Woods Public Library. For example, said Claire Galed of the Huntington Woods Public Works Department: "Let the cart do the work. The most common mistake is not tipping the cart back far enough." Galed also will discuss "the few things that are trash as we shift our thinking towards recycling." Wouldn't you like to learn how to reduce the amount of garbage your family sends to the landfill? Here's your chance! What: All-In-One Recycling Workshop 201 When: 7 p.m. Thursday Where: Huntington Woods Public Library Cost: Free What else: Open to the public. Call 248-288-5150 to…
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…