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Garrett Neese / Daily Mining Gazette The Houghton County Transfer Station recycling bin is visible Monday. More than 12.5 tons were diverted from the landfill between May and October, County Vice President Tom Tikkanen said last week.

HOUGHTON – Houghton County’s one-stream recycling program at the county transfer station is already paying off.

From May to September, the county diverted 12.5 tonnes from the landfill, Vice President Tom Tikkanen said at the Council of Commissioners meeting last week. Waste Management transports the material to its sorting center in Marquette.

“It’s a small step, but it’s a step in the right direction, and it will grow” he said.

Access to the recycling bin is also widened. Recycling will now be available Monday through Friday during normal transfer station hours. It will remain unavailable on Saturday because it is the busiest day of the week, Tikkanen said.

Tikkanen said the county will also add later hours two evenings per week.

“We have had this demand for years”, Tikkanen said.

The Copper Country Recycling Initiative (CCRI) also hosted a meeting at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton regarding the state’s plans for resource recovery and funding opportunities to improve resource recovery locally. The event is aimed at local elected officials as well as businesses in the region. Presenters will be Brad Austin, Director of Operations for the Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority and Tracy Purrenhage, Upper Peninsula Recycling Specialist at the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE). The CIRB will also create a Zoom Online link closer to the event.

Responding to a long-standing request from a customer, the transfer station will begin accepting debit cards as early as this week, Tikkanen said.

The county is also accepting applications for a transfer station manager. Interested persons must submit a letter of interest and a curriculum vitae by October 28. Applicant documents can be sent to: SWTS Manager Position, Houghton County Clerk’s Office, 401 E. Houghton Ave, Houghton, MI 49931.

Questions can be directed to County Administrator Elizabeth Bjorn at [email protected] or by phone at 482-8307.

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