as a resource, as a feedstock, as an opportunity
157 people have taken the pledge, will you?
Sustainable Business Park
I PLEDGE TO
I will find out what materials are collected for recycling and reuse in my community.
I will reduce my trash by recycling the right types of things.
I will share my experience with my family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and/or employees and encourage them to learn more about the resources available to them.
Thank You, Businesses!
Thank You, Residents!
IMAGINE THE POTENTIAL
West Michigan disposes of material totaling $56 million in potential economic value in landfills and through waste-to-energy. These materials include corrugated cardboard, food scraps & other organic material, and construction & demolition waste. This material has potential employment value of 370 jobs.
West Michigan Solid Waste CompositionMean % By Weight
Total Value of West Michigan MSWMaterial Disposed
Source: West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum
2016 Michigan MSW Valuation Study. wmsbf.org/msw.
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Economic Impact Potential and Characterization
of Municipal Solid Waste in West Michigan
West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum and Grand Valley State University worked with Michigan recyclers and waste companies to analyze the composition of municipal solid waste currently land filled and incinerated in West Michigan and Michigan, and the economic value of this material.
Imagine you could take wood pallets and make wood chips.
Imagine used boxes being recycled into nice new boxes.
Imagine you could use food scraps to nourish your garden.
Imagine spent brewing hops powering homes.