EGLE recycling specialists visit Houghton

HOUGHTON — On Thursday, Oct. 21 from 1:30 to 2:30, Talk with EGLE’s Recycling Specialist and the Director of Marquette’s MRV. Learn about the current state of recycling, proposed legislation, initiatives and available grants. Tracy Purrenhage and Brad Austin will meet with local government officials, business and industry leaders and members of the public at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton.

With a degree from MSU in Resource Development/Natural Resource Management and 25 years of experience in resource recovery programs, Tracy has worked in the public and private sector managing both municipal and commercial solid waste and recycling programs, and at the regional level working in surface water quality. Her roles have spanned a wide range of responsibilities including grant management, outreach, education, industry training, waste and recycling audits, MRF tours, and special event management.

Brad Austin is the Director of Operations at the Marquette County Waste Management Authority where the recycling from Houghton and Keweenaw County goes for sorting and further uses. Brad will share information about the recycling facility, the hub and spoke concept, and the website recycle906 which provides information about what can and can’t be recycled. T6. The facility is owned by the 22 constituent municipalities of Marquette County. Recently, they constructed a regional materials recovery facility (MRF), which has the design capacity to process all recyclables produced in Upper Michigan. In addition, their focus is to educate regional recycling participants on how to recycle more and recycle better. Further, they facilitate and support any and all discussions regarding increased access to recycling in the region.

The Meeting is organized by the Copper Country Recycling Initiative, Parking is available across the street. For further information contact Ginny Hemmer at 906-523-7091 (landline) or mvstout@hotmail.com


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