The mission of the Copper Country Recycling Initiative (CCRI) is to work toward a Zero Waste System, envisioning a community that not only recycles but creates less waste in our everyday lives. This includes reducing consumption, buying in bulk, avoiding packaging, purchasing items made with recycled materials, donating items for reuse, educating the community on environmental stewardship and envisioning our trash as a resource.
6-month Trial in Houghton
Grassroots group instigated a recycling trial for 6 county townships, villages and the City of Houghton. After 6 months, the trial ended.
Hancock Curbside Pilot
Citizen’s Committee instigated curbside recycling in Hancock. Participation in the program was 6 or 14% of the households.
Waste Management Opens Drop-Off Center
Waste Management established a recycling drop-off center in Houghton.
Houghton County Planning Commission brought Elise Seltzer, Emmet Co. Dir. of Recycling to speak. A Task Force of people who attended the presentation was motivated to apply for a new MDEQ grant program to recycle cardboard at the County Transfer Station and the CCRI was born.
CCRI Receives MDEQ Grant
CCRI received a $92,000 MDEQ grant (the largest in the state) to recycle cardboard and provide recycling education program.
Cardboard Recycling launched
A cardboard recycling center was completed at the Houghton County Transfer Station, and another one at the Chassell Township headquarters. Cardboard Launch celebration at the Portage Lake District Library.
Houghton/Hancock add Curbside Recycling
Working together both cities of Hancock and Houghton awarded contracts to Waste Management, which included curbside recycling.
1 Year of Curbside!
Recycling 1-Year Anniversary Celebration at PLDL.
CCRI completes survey of Houghton county.
Earth Day 2021
Single-Stream at Transfer Station
County offers single stream recycling at Transfer Station. (TV6 report)
Our Partners and Supporters
CCRI has partnered with businesses, organizations and local governmental agencies to promote recycling in our area.
- MI DEQ/EGLE
- Houghton County BOC
- Recycle 906
- Cities of Houghton and Hancock
- MTU SDH, Sustainability Demonstration House
- MTU faculty: Dr. Siegel, Dr. Wellstead, Dr. Winkler
- MTU CSEO, Center for Science and Environmental Outreach
- MTU office of Resilience and Sustainability
- LSSI, Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative
Businesses supporting our cardboard recycling:
- Down Wind Sports
- Kirkish Furniture
- Rhythm Bike & Board Co.
- Dan Riutta Contracting & Sales
- Cross Country Sports
- Monte Consulting
- Good Times Music
- Surplus Outlet
- Blue Terra Energy
- The Print Shop
- BHK Child Development Board
- Manderfield Plumbing, Heating & Electric
- State Wide Real Estate – Kevin Liimatta
- Keweenaw Brewing Company
- Portage Lake District Library
- Keweenaw Food Co-op
- Keweenaw Kountry Store