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RECYCLE BY DESIGN - MICHIGAN CHALLENGE

The Recycle by Design Challenge fosters a grass roots bottom-up approach that encourages the private sector to work together with the public sector to collectively develop an approach based on community need, private sector deliverability, and overall value for money.

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STAGE 1: Team Development

  • Formulation of teams
  •  Formulation and submission of conceptual proposals
  • Selection of teams to participate in Stage 2
     
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STAGE 2: Research & Community Engagement

  • Teams receive monetary support for R&D costs (include $ value IF confirmed)
  •  Team access to electronic data room
  • Study local/regional challenges
  • Interact with government entities and local community groups
  • Access to Recycle by Design Advisory Group
  •   Identify potential opportunities
  • Submission of design proposals
  •  Selection of teams to participate in Stage 3
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STAGE 3: Development & Selection of Proposal

  • Teams receive monetary support for R&D costs (include $ value IF confirmed)
  • Work with local public officials, community leaders, expert advisors
  • Access to Recycle by Design Advisory Group
  • Develop site-specific solutions
  • Arrange private/private-public project financing
  •  Submission of design proposals
  • Selection of winning teams
     
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STAGE 4: Implementation of Winning Designs

  •  Access to Recycle by Design Advisory Group
  • Implementation of winning designs

A LITTLE BACKGROUND…

Michigan was once at the top of the recycling game, however the current recycling rate, according to the recent findings of the Michigan Recycling Index, rests at 15%.

The Michigan Recycling Coalition’s (MRC’s) State of Recycling Report estimated a value of $435 million annually of additional recycled materials returned to the economy if a 50% recycling rate could be achieved.


THE RESPONSE

In April 2014, Governor Snyder announced a statewide recycling initiative to double the recycling rate to 30% in two years. 

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) was appropriated two million dollars to move the state toward the recycling goal. They are focusing on five pillars of action:

  •  Lead by Example
  •  Measure and Analyze
  •  Market Development
  •  Increase Access and Participation
  •  Education and Outreach

MRC, MDEQ, GRC and other critical recycling partners have concluded that increasing recycling rates in Michigan requires partnership with strong public-private participation. It is within that strength of conclusion that MDEQ is investing a large portion of its cash appropriation, $200,000 plus approximately $500,000 of in-kind staff effort, to the Recycle by Design Challenge. Further explanation on the five pillars of action can be found in the RbD Case Statement.

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