CCRI Timeline

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1993: A grassroots group instigated a 6-month recycling trial for 6 county townships, villages and the City of Houghton. 

1993: Grassroots group instigated a recycling trial for 6 county townships, villages and the City of Houghton.  After the 6 months the trial ended.

1996: Citizen’s Committee instigated curbside recycling in Hancock.  Participation in the program was 6 or 14% of the households.

2003: Waste Management established a recycling drop-off center in Houghton.

2014: Houghton County Planning Commission brought Elise Seltzer, Emmet Co. Dir. of Recycling to speak.  A Task Force of people who attended the presentation was motivated to apply for a new MDEQ grant program to recycle cardboard at the County Transfer Station and the CCRI was born.

2015: CCRI received a $92,000 MDEQ grant (the largest in the state) to recycle cardboard and provide recycling education program. 

2016: A cardboard recycling center was completed at the Houghton County Transfer Station, and another one at the Chassell Township headquarters.  Cardboard Launch celebration at the Portage Lake District Library.

2016 Fall: Working together both cities of Hancock and Houghton awarded contracts to Waste Management, which included curbside recycling.

2017 Recycling 1-Year Anniversary Celebration at PLDL.

2020 CCRI Survey of the County

2020 Earth Day County offers single stream recycling at Transfer Station