Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) Fall 2021, Question 22a

Most significant reason jurisdiction is not engaged in recycling efforts

Full Question Text

While many of these factors may be significant, we’re interested in the ones you believe are most important. Looking at the factors that you indicated were reasons your jurisdiction is not engaged in recycling efforts, please rank up to three in order of their significance. (among jurisdictions that report at least one factor and do not cite a total lack of interest) a. Most significant factor

  Statewide Total
Current costs of recycling programs and services 43%
Lack of end markets for recycled materials 2%
Cheap landfill rates (that make it less expensive to throw trash out than recycle) 3%
Lack of support from the community 8%
Lack of public awareness/participation in recycling efforts 5%
Improper recycling practices by users (e.g., contamination, etc.) 4%
Staffing for waste and recycling services 10%
Lack of recycling processing infrastructure 14%
Outdated County Solid Waste Management Plan 1%
Gathering and analysis of waste and recycling data 1%
Meeting state or other mandates/regulations 3%
Other 6%