Our Mission

The mission of the Copper Country Recycling Initiative (CCRI) is to work toward a Zero Waste System, envisioning a community that not only recycles but creates less waste in our everyday lives.


This includes reducing consumption, buying in bulk, avoiding packaging, purchasing items made with recycled materials, donating items for reuse, educating the community on environmental stewardship and envisioning our trash as a resource.

Our Partners

CCRI has partnered with businesses, organizations and local governmental agencies to promote recycling in our area.


Houghton County BOC

Recycle 906

Cities of Houghton and Hancock

MTU SDH, Sustainability Demonstration House

MTU faculty: Dr. Siegel, Dr. Wellstead, Dr. Winkler

MTU CSEO, Center for Science and Environmental Outreach

MTU office of Resilience and Sustainability

LSSI, Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative

Area businesses (supporters of our cardboard recycling): 

Down Wind Sports

Kirkish Furniture

Rhythm Bike & Board Co.

Dan Riutta Contracting & Sales

Cross Country Sports

Monte Consulting

Good Times Music

Surplus Outlet


Blue Terra Energy

The Print Shop

BHK Child Development Board

Manderfield Plumbing, Heating & Electric

State Wide Real Estate – Kevin Liimatta

Keweenaw Brewing Company

\Portage Lake District Library

Keweenaw Food Co-op

Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative

Keweenaw Kountry Store