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RLP Receives Grant To Fund New Recycling Drop-Off Facility

The City of Riverview participated in the 2020 Recycling and Organics Infrastructure Grant Program through the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), and was awarded a $55,000 grant to improve its current recycling program at Riverview Land Preserve (RLP).

“These grant funds will really help more Downriver citizens recycle, and we’re very excited by this opportunity to expand our services,” said Jeff Dobek, City of Riverview Assistant City Manager and RLP Director. “We believe in protecting the planet by applying effective solutions to recycling and waste challenges. While we work with the community to collect around 170 tons annually of recyclable material annually, we know we can grow that amount by offering more recycling education and access to members of our regional communities.”

Riverview currently has a self-service and recycling drop-off location option for residents to recycle at RLP off King Road. With new funding, Phase 1 of the enhanced recycling program will launch and increase participation by free tote boxes to Riverview residents and improving general access for residents of the northeast quadrant of the City of Riverview with a second drop off location. Additional funding may be awarded in the fall of 2021 and Phase 2 of the program will launch, which will likely include relocation of the recycling drop-off station to a separate, convenient, and newly-created facility. The new location will likely provide enhanced and in-demand accessibility for residents and surrounding communities for self-serve recycling opportunities.

Riverview’s two-phase approach will include education and community outreach about new recycling options for residents, the use of technology for tracking recycling and participation, and more.

Recycling Collection at RLP

RLP’s recycling collection averages about 140 tons of resident recyclable materials over the past five years. Since 2014, the following tonnage of recyclable waste was hauled off site from the public drop-off area.

  • 2014: 150 tons of recyclable materials
  • 2015: 124 tons of recyclable materials
  • 2016: 124 tons of recyclable materials
  • 2017: 142 tons of recyclable materials
  • 2018: 163 tons of recyclable materials

Recycling Processors & Partners

After recyclables are dropped off at RLP, the following recycling processors and partners are contracted by the City of Riverview to manage the material once it leaves the Land Preserve:

Revenue from RLP supports the recycling collection, handling and removal. Local residents are not charged to drop off recycling and there is not a fee assessed or collected by the City.

Regular Recycling Hours

Regular recycling hours at RLP are:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

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