Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) Fall 2021, Question 21

Reasons jurisdiction is not engaged in recycling efforts

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Some Michigan jurisdictions are not interested in developing local recycling programs. Others would, except for barriers that keep them from doing so. What about your jurisdiction? Which of the following factors, if any, would you say are reasons your jurisdiction is not engaged in recycling efforts (including services by private providers)? (check all that apply) (among jurisdictions that report no recycling services are available in the jurisdiction)

  Statewide Total
Total lack of interest among the jurisdiction’s government and the
wider community
Current costs of recycling programs and services 55%
Lack of end markets for recycled materials 15%
Cheap landfill rates (that make it less expensive to throw trash out than recycle) 8%
Lack of support from our Board/Council 7%
Lack of support from the community 24%
Lack of public awareness/participation in recycling efforts 24%
Improper recycling practices by users 19%
Staffing for waste and recycling services 31%
Lack of recycling processing infrastructure 35%
Outdated County Solid Waste Management Plan 2%
Gathering and analysis of waste and recycling data 6%
Meeting state or other mandates/regulations 10%
Other 8%
None of the above 5%
Don't know 11%