The Hamtramck Recycling Commission, in partnership with Priority Waste, is pleased to announce the establishment of a permanent drop-off recycling program for the City of Hamtramck beginning July 1. The drop-off facility, consisting of one 30-cubic-yard container with three individual compartments, will be located at Christopher Street, adjacent to the Fowling Warehouse. Residents, whether curious or passionate about recycling, will have the opportunity to drop off a variety of recyclable materials — paper, cardboard, and #1 and #2 plastics — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A Priority Waste informational mailer with official details will be sent to every household in Hamtramck.

This is a significant step forward for the City of Hamtramck and the Hamtramck Recycling Commission, which previously hosted a monthly Second Saturday drop-off recycling program made possible by the dedication of community volunteers and the support of community members. As the monthly drop-off program became unsustainable, the Hamtramck Recycling Commission went back to the drawing board and worked closely with the City of Hamtramck to develop this alternative recycling program, which has greater potential for sustainability and long-term success. Generous grants from the state of Michigan and the CAN’d Aid Foundation to the City of Hamtramck have made this exciting development possible.

Sarah Terrien, a member of the Hamtramck Recycling Commission, is grateful for this development, stating, “This is an exciting opportunity because it means that we will no longer have to save our recyclable materials in our kitchens and garages for a month. We can go to drop off plastic and paper anytime that is convenient. With the old system there was a lot of effort made by the commission and our volunteers to make the monthly drop-off day a success.”

Jason Eddleston, VP of Operations at Sterling Services in Hamtramck is also on the Hamtramck Recycling Commission and is excited to see the hard work of the commission come to fruition. “I’ve been a part of the Hamtramck Recycling Commission for a while now and have implemented many new intiatives. The latest intiative is a great resource for the residents of Hamtramck to easily recycle material 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.”

The Hamtramck Recycling Commission is committed to promoting community engagement in the pursuit of reducing, reusing, and recycling, so keep an eye out for future events and ‘friend’ us on Facebook. Think smart, think green: recycle today for a better tomorrow!