City Recycling Program Presented to Rotary
June 26, 2018
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By: Stephen Kent
, from Iris Waste Diversion Specialists, Inc., is a Resource Recovery Contractor to the City of Bay City. In that role she is consulting on the City's recycling program and talking to groups throughout the city regarding the new program.
Archer's talk covered the history and current practices for collecting and recycling waste products both locally as well as state, country, and worldwide. In today's world, "99% of everything bought is no longer in use after 6 months." That's a lot of waste. Part of the answer harks back to the slogan "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle". That that phrase we now add "Repeat".
Bay City will soon be rolling out a new program with the slogan "Take Pride At Curbside!". The hope is that residents will be pro-active and improve what they recycle. The City provides each residency with an 18-gallon green recycling bin. That first bin is free but additional bins may be purchased for a one-time charge of $6.50.
Archer talked about what can go in the bin and the way the city wants that waste. First, pop and other bottles can be recycled (or returned to stores) with the caps ON. Modern machinery removes them in processing. Second, they want papers and magazines LOOSE. Bundling or tying those papers items requires manual intervention to remove ties.
A major concern is "tanglers"! That is plastic bags, ropes, strings, clothing... anything that can get tangled in the machinery. Each day the huge processing machines must be stopped so a worker can climb in and remove that stuff by hand.
On the topic of hand processing, the fact is that all trash and recyclable items end up on conveyor belts where human workers sort and pre-process the trash. Not a nice job, but a required one that is done.
In the past recycling was a source of income. Today, overseas users like China are rejecting a large amount of US waste. It's no longer profitable or "clean" enough. The domestic use of those materials is growing. Archer showed examples of products made by recycling a number of common waste items.
The new City program will go into effect soon. Archer is available to talk to any group. You can also check out the city web site for a great deal of information. In fact, if you have questions about what to recycle, and how, that site has answers. As new questions come in, their answers will be added.
For more information follow "Bay City Recycles" on facebook or visit
Look for the "Re-Directory" for answers to questions.
You may also call (989) 894-8312.
CLUB NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
Honoring a long standing tradition, next week, July 3, President Bob Chadwick will Pass the Gavel to incoming president Harvey Schneider.
The club expresses its sincere thanks to Bob for the great job he did this past year. We also look forward to great things from Harvey.
The club will also induct several new members at the July 3 meeting. Be sure to attend and welcome these fellow Rotarians.
Tim Holsworth and numerous members spoke about the very successful and fun Golf Outing. This was the 17th outing and was held at Maple Leaf Golf Course near Linwood.
The day was perfect and the teams had a great time.
The main prize for the day was $1,000 cash to a non-profit and the winner was Hidden Harvest!
Other prizes included cash and a 9.7" iPad.
Many photos from the day may be found on the club web site at
The Rotary International Convention
was held in Toronto last week. Several Bay City Rotarians including Harvey, Tara, Chuck, and DeeDee were there. Look for reports at upcoming meetings!
The July to December, 2018 dues cycle is under way.
Dues notices were delivered by E-MAIL on June 6.
If you have not received your invoice please inform the Secretary!
You may mail your dues as usual, or deliver them to the Secretary at a meeting.
Dig out your favorite Rotary memory photos and
let Brenda Scramlin use them for the weekly
Club slide show. It'll be fun for everyone!
---- DATES TO REMEMBER ----
(See the official schedule at
July 3, 2018: Passing of the Gavel
Be sure to attend to welcome Harvey Schneider
as he assumes the role of Club President from out-going President Bob Chadwick
The club will also induct three new members.
July 10, 2018: Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy
Update presented by Zak Brannigan and Lisa Cleland.
July 17, 2018: International University of Shanghai
25 students from the International University in Shanghai will visit SVSU. They will tour the campus and have lunch with Rotary. The program will describe the partnership between the two universities.
July 24, 2018: Hidden Harvest
Samantha McKenzie, President & CEO will update the club on the activities of Hidden Harvest,
which was the winner of the $1,000 cash prize at the Golf Outing on June 25, 2018.
Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH
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Steve Kent and his family have lived in Bay City for 40 years. He is VP of Technical Services at MMCC which produces MyBayCity.Com. Kent is active in many Bay City civic organizations.
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