Houghton OKs e-waste plan

HOUGHTON — The Houghton City Council approved joining an electronic recycling plan also involving Hancock and Goodwill at its meeting Wednesday.

Houghton will pay up to $500 from its solid waste fund, and also provide space for the recycling events at the Department of Public Works Garage.

“We’ve got the barriers, we can make a closed-in area,” said City Manager Eric Waara. “They can bring the receptacles there and people can do that.”

The Copper Country Recycling Initiative contacted the city after receiving a grant from the Department of Environmental Quality for recycling e-waste. The CCRI will look to hold events in the spring and fall. 

Goodwill will provide staffing. Hancock will also make sites available, and contributed $50 per 500 homes.