Delhi Township was one of three municipalities in Michigan to be awarded with the “Gold” level of achievement from the Michigan Green Communities Network, a partnership of the Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Association of Counties and the Michigan Township Association.
The joint curbside recycling program, called RECYCLE MORE, provided township residents with special separate “single stream” recycling bins for pickup on a weekly basis. Those township residents who were already Granger customers were given the service for free.
“Delhi Township has made a commitment to encourage recycling in the community with the RECYCLE MORE program,” said Granger CEO Keith Granger. “The response from residents has been astounding; in less than 6 months, nearly half of all eligible households in Delhi Township are using curbside recycling. Granger is proud to be a part
of this partnership to collect tomorrow’s energy. We commend Delhi Township and its residents on the success of the program.”
“The result has been a tremendous success,” said Delhi Township Manager John Elsinga. “Curbside recycling makes the process of staying environmentally friendly an easier one.”
The annual “Michigan Green Communities Challenge” is a newly revamped competition sponsored by the C. S. Mott Foundation
and calls for sustainability initiatives, progress benchmarks and innovation with a competitive spirit towards other state communities.
The other Gold Medal winners include Ann Arbor for installing solar power at a public housing site and Dearborn for establishing a facilities fund to nance energy projects.
In all, twenty-two municipalities were recognized, including silver and bronze medal winners.
“The response was fantastic and the communities being honored have a lot to be proud of,” said Michigan Green Communities Challenge Steering Committee Chair Dave Norwood. “We’re impressed with the innovative sustainability
work and projects happening in Michigan’s communities.”