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Kent County public works staff to meet with community about plan to reduce waste

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Officials in Kent County want to increase the amount of waste being recycled.

Kent County wants community input on a plan to recycle more of its waste.

The Kent County Department of Public Works says 75 percent of its waste can be recycled into usable products, but it currently only recycles about 10 percent.

The department wants to build a business park that would help reduce the amount of waste in county facilities while helping emerging businesses save money on raw materials.

Dar Baas, who directs the public works department, released a statement about the project that said he thinks it would be a win for businesses and the community.

“We have set a bold goal to divert 90 percent of trash from our landfill by 2030. Building a sustainable business park is an essential part of reaching that goal,” Baas said.

Baas was not immediately available to provide comments beyond his written statement.

Public works staff will begin meeting with community stakeholders to gather input Tuesday, November 14 at 7 p.m. at the Byron Township Community Center.   

Bryce Huffman was Michigan Radio’s West Michigan Reporter and host of Same Same Different. He is currently a reporter for Bridge Detroit.
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