Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) Fall 2021, Question 17a

Most significant challenge for recycling within the jurisdiction

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While many of these challenges may be significant, we’re interested in the ones you believe are most critical. Looking at the factors that you indicated were challenges to recycling efforts in your jurisdiction, please rank up to three in order of their significance. a. Most significant challenge

  Statewide Total
Current costs of recycling programs and services 30%
Lack of end markets for recycled materials 19%
Cheap landfill rates (that make it less expensive to throw trash out than recycle) 3%
Lack of support from our Board/Council 1%
Lack of support from the community 6%
Lack of public awareness/participation in recycling efforts 8%
Improper recycling practices by users (e.g., contamination, etc.) 15%
Staffing for waste and recycling services 7%
Lack of recycling processing infrastructure 6%
Outdated County Solid Waste Management Plan 1%
Gathering and analysis of waste and recycling data 1%
Meeting state or other mandates/regulations 1%
Other 1%