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