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Iris sponsors the MRC’s Annual Conference

Iris is proud to be among the Silver Sponsors of the 30th Michigan Recycling Coalition Annual Conference and Trade Show in May. Each year we look forward to learning what’s new in the industry, networking with peers and making new connections. Join us in Grand Rapids and stop by our booth during the Trade Show; we’d love to meet you!

Iris Waste Diversion is a silver sponsor of the 30th Michigan Recycling Coalition Annual Conference and Trade Show

Iris Helps Manistee County Recycle

Sarah and the Iris Waste Diversion Team have entered into a two year education service agreement with the Manistee County Board of Commissioners to focus on the county’s PA 69 recycling program.

It is the number one priority of The Manistee County Recycling Leadership Team to have 100% county-wide participation in the recycling program within the next three years.  To do this Iris Waste Diversion Specialists will be working closely with Township government to discuss the benefits of a county-wide program to each community as well as developing and implementing ways to build residential awareness of the recycling program.

Iris is looking forward to providing Public and School Education Services to help sustain and grow Manistee’s current recycling program as well as Program Expansion and Program Administration needs as it grows.

As the program reaches the goal of 100% county-wide participation Iris will continue to work with the Recycling Leadership Team to sustain and continue education by offering recycling education support materials and resource lists for participation in local activities and national events such as America Recycles Day and Earth Day.

Iris Waste Diversion Specialists is delighted to have been selected by the Manistee County Board of Commissioners to provide these services and is looking forward to building relationships within the Manistee communities.

Closing the Loop on Latex Paint

Iris Waste Diversion Specialists is in the process of developing an exciting, much needed, paint recycling collection program. The program will provide a safe, easy, cost effective solution for managing unwanted latex paints.

The Ugly Duckling Latex Paint Recycling Program will serve as an example of ‘closing the loop’ by providing a collection program for a waste product, diverting it to a recycling facility for processing into a new usable product, that is returned to the marketplace for purchase.

The program is designed to provide a low cost alternative to sponsoring organizations, such as county and municipal governments and will encourage partnerships with local non-profit collection sites.

To learn how to bring the Ugly Duckling Latex Paint Recycling Program to your community, contact Lisa Lafferty-McGill at 734-340-4749 extension 4.

2011 Happenings

2011 was a very busy year for Iris Waste Diversion Specialists.  Not only did we continue to work on programming, research, marketing and events for Mid Michigan Waste Authority but we also took on several new projects.

  • Iris was chosen to work on coordinating recycling efforts in Manistee County through 2013 provided funding is available.
  • Iris worked in conjunction with Tracy Purrenhage of Eco-Size me to create and present training for Michigan Recycling Coalition on Materials and Recycling Management.
  • Iris coordinated with City of Saginaw to present Worm Workshops to adults and children interested in learning about vermicomposting.
  • Iris facilitated Resource Recovery Educators of Michigan (RREM) meetings, tours and presentations.
  • Iris worked with City of Lansing on branding and marketing the new single stream recycling curb cart service and a pilot public area recycling project.
  • Iris worked closely with Midland Volunteers for Recycling, Inc. to create their new, comprehensive, professional, website.
  • As well as a host of presentations, research projects, websites and much more throughout the year.

New staff was also added to the Iris family.  We welcomed Sandy Cottle, who initially worked as an administrative sub-contractor to Iris and was hired as a regular Iris employee in April of 2011.

Lisa Lafferty McGill, former Resource Recovery Coordinator for Eaton County, came on board in September bringing over 12 years of environmental experience in the areas of resource recovery, hazardous materials management and water protection.

During our annual Revitalization meeting, where we reflect on the previous year, set company and personal goals for the coming year and discuss potential growth, we realize the positive impact we’ve had on the environment through the clients we have served throughout the state.  Thank you to all of our clients for making 2011 a successful business year and an environmentally impactful year!

Ideas for a ‘greener’ garden

As you prepare to plant your prize winning garden put these ideas to use for a ‘greener’ garden.

  • Enjoy a weed free garden by using old newspapers for garden weed control. Wet the newspaper, place a thick layer in the garden and cover with bark or stones.
  • Use old stockings to tie up plants in the garden.
  • Use water from your rain barrel to water your garden.
  • Repurpose old mini-blinds as plant markers
  • Are your garden paths muddy after rainfall? Try this reuse idea to stabilize those footpaths. Put old window or door screens along the path for safer walking or barrowing.
  • Use empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls for seedling pots. Cut the roll in thirds; fill with potting soil and seedlings. When the seedlings are ready for planting plant the entire thing, the paper roll will decompose.
  • When freshening your pets’ water use the old water for your garden.

Just a few quick ways to be ‘green’ in the garden. Happy planting!

Iris CEO to MC 29th Annual MRC Conference

Michigan’s only statewide recycling association, the Michigan Recycling Coalition, will host its 29th Annual Conference & Trade Show, May 10-12, at MSU’s Kellogg Center in East Lansing.

Programming will focus on a variety of recycling topics including construction and demolition recycling, reuse programs, and composting in the university setting, and using social marketing to promote recycling.  The three-day event boasts a variety of tours, training and networking events for anyone interested in learning more about recycling in Michigan.

Sarah Archer, Iris Waste Diversion Specialists, CEO will serve as the conference Master of Ceremonies and will also facilitate a half-day workshop, Creative Funding Options. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 10 from 1-5pm.