GM receives recycling award from Michigan DEQ

Automaker receives award at the Governor’s Recycling Summit in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

May 7, 2015
Recycling Today Staff

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Governor’s Recycling Council have recognized General Motors (GM) as one of 28 businesses, institutions, government agencies and nonprofits who were recipients of excellence in recycling honors at the Governor’s Recycling Summit in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 5, 2015.

The awards are designed to honor organizations excelling in key categories, including providing leadership, improving measurement tools, expanding recycling rates, focusing on outreach and education, increasing access to recycling and “closing the loop” by designing or creating new products that can be recycled or by purchasing and using products made of recycled content.

GM received the Business Category Outreach and Education Award for the company’s vision to reimagine waste, viewing it as simply a resource out of place.

For the past five years GM implemented projects to repurpose more than 700 Chevrolet Volt battery covers into wildlife nesting boxes and more than 1,200 shipping crates into raised urban garden beds.

Other Michigan-based award recipients and the categories they were recognized for are:

Measurement Awards:

  • Wexford Sand, Henrietta, for achieving a 100 percent recycling rate; 
  • Robert Bosch LLC, Farmington Hills, for achieving 98 percent recycling rate; 
  • city of Huntington Woods, for achieving a 55 percent recycling rate; and
  • U.S. Postal Service, Detroit Operations, for achieving a 54 percent recycling rate. 

 Increased Access Awards: 

  • Dart Container, Mason; 
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing; 
  • city of Detroit; 
  • Bay Area Recycling for Charities, Traverse City; and
  • Jefferson Township, Hillsdale County.

 Outreach and Education Awards: 

  • Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant; 
  • Zero Waste Detroit; 
  • General Motors Co., Detroit; and
  • city of Lansing Capital Area Recycling and Trash.

 Closed Loop Awards: 

  • Ford Motor Co., Dearborn Truck Plant; and
  • Cass Community Social Services, Detroit.

 Leadership Awards: 

  • Emmet County; 
  • Herman Miller Inc., Zeeland; and
  • Steelcase Inc., Grand Rapids.

 Additionally, 10 organizations were selected for special recognition:

Measurement Special Recognitions: 

  • Landscape Forms, Kalamazoo; 
  • Ford Motor Company, Van Dyke Transmission Plant, Sterling Heights; 
  • city of Pleasant Ridge; 
  • city of Farmington; and
  • city of Livonia.

 Increasing Access Special Recognitions: 

  • Kent County Department of Public Works; and
  • city of St. Johns.

 Outreach and Education Special Recognitions: 

  • city of Grand Rapids
  • Southwest Michigan Solid Waste Consortium. 

 Closed Loop Special Recognition: 

  • Resolute Forest Products, Menominee.