A rumor has begun circulating that recycling materials collected in Fairgrove Township are not being recycled, but are instead going to a landfill for disposal. This rumor has been investigated and found to be false. Following are the facts as explained by Gary Hicks, our account manager at Republic.
1. Since 1/1/2018 when China implemented its “National Sword” policy placing strict restrictions
on acceptable materials for recycling, many waste haulers have been scrambling to and
alternative outlets for recycled materials. Since Republic in Michigan owns and operates its own
recycling centers, this has not been the case with them.
2. Citizens have reported they’ve witnessed recycling trucks driving into a landfill. This is very likely
true because the recycling compactor used by Republic is located at their landfill site at Grand
Blanc Road and US-23. Much of the recycling material from the east side of Michigan collected
by Republic (including ours) is delivered to this site for compacted prior to being transported to
the Republic recycling center in Southfield. This compacting process reduces transportation
costs and allows Republic to more efficiently utilize their truck fleet.
3. Republic operates a similar recycling site in west Michigan. Earlier this year (March-May
timeframe) during the peak Covid-19 uncertainty, this facility briefly stopped accepting
materials due to questions regarding employee safety in regard to handling the materials. As a
result, some recycled material from western Michigan was landfilled. However, this was not the
case in eastern Michigan. Republic’s recycling center in Southfield continued operations
uninterrupted. Hicks assured us the clean, dry recyclable materials collected in Fairgrove
Township have been and will continue to be recycled and not added to the landfill waste
We encourage everyone to continue to recycle. You are reminded that recycled materials need to be
CLEAN and DRY, and that pizza boxes remain unacceptable for recycling
Fairgrove Township Board will have a regular monthly meeting on Monday, 11/16/2020 at 7:30 PM. At Fairgrove Township Hall. The public is always welcome.
Fairgrove Township Clerk will be in the office on the following dates and times for anyone that needs absentee ballots, to register to vote, or any election related questions.
October 31, 2020 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
November 1, 2020 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Fairgrove Township planning commission will meet for a special meeting for site plan review for NextEra ADLS Tower . All meetings held at Fairgrove Township Hall and are open to the public.
November 10, 2020 at 8:30 AM