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E-M:/ Flint Recycling Forum June 17



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Enviro-Mich message from AuntScarey@aol.com
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Please forward widely and wildly!

Please attend the free public forum 
“Curbside Recycling in Flint:  Don’t Drop the Bin!”

Thursday, June 17, 6:30 p.m. at Mott Community College in Flint. 

The public, especially residents of Flint, are encouraged to attend a free 
public forum about curbside recycling on Thursday, June 17, 6:30 p.m. at Mott 
Community College in Flint.   At the forum, “Curbside Recycling in Flint:  
Don’t Drop the Bin!” experts will discuss workable solutions for making 
curbside recycling a reality in Flint.

Scheduled speakers include:
	•  David Ready, City of Flint Administrator
	•  Jim Frey, Director of Resource Recycling Systems in Ann Arbor
	•  Marty Seaman, General Manager of Saginaw Solid Management Authority
	•  Mary Alyce Stickney, Mayor’s Recycling Advisory Committee 

The forum will be moderated by Paul Rozycki, Professor of Political Science 
at Mott Community College.  The audience will have an opportunity to ask 
questions of the expert panel.

Volunteers from all over the City of Flint came out this week to ask their 
neighbors to show grassroots support for curbside recycling in Flint.  About 
500 neighbors have displayed signs on their lawns all over the city.  
Hundreds signed postcards in support of curbside recycling to send to Mayor 
Stanley.  There have been numerous letters to the editor, and this week The 
Flint Journal published an editorial and news story about this community 
movement.  Volunteers will again distribute fliers in public places, 
including Flint’s Farmer’s Market and the city drop-off yards at Twelfth St. 
for the next two Saturdays, and on June 12 outside the Flint Art Fair. 

All over the U.S., citizens are debating the issues of recycling.  Costs and 
benefits, both short-term and long-term, must be considered.  The issues 
involve jobs, city services, use of resources and community image.  Complying 
with future federal mandates will be more expensive in the long run.  And in 
the short-term, no one wants an incinerator or landfill in their backyard.  

People want to act responsibly, and young people especially are aware of the 
problems they will inherit.  Similar sized cities such as Saginaw, Lansing 
Warren and Ann Arbor already enjoy successful curbside recycling.  These 
progressive cities know that curbside recycling is one of the small, but 
important quality-of-life considerations that a city provides its citizens.  
The citizens of Flint are ready.  Will our city government step up to the 
challenge?

The forum is sponsored by the Nepessing Group of the Sierra Club and Mott 
Community College Environmental Club.  It will be held in the Mott Community 
College Auditorium in the Mott Memorial Building, which is next to the MCC 
Library at 1401 E. Court Street in Flint.  Free parking in the library lot 
and at the bottom of the hill east of the creek.  

Please urge your neighbors and friends to join you at this forum.  Now is the 
time to question the direction our city will take!

(If you’d like to help distribute fliers to residents or in public places in 
Flint any time before the forum, please email AuntScarey@aol.com or call 
(810) 767-9904.  We intend to be at Flint’s Farmer’s Market and the city 
drop-off yards at 12th St. for the next two Saturdays, and on June 12 outside 
the Flint Art Fair.  Come help us make Flint a better place to live!)

The Nepessing Group of the Sierra Club represents about 600 members in 
Genesee, Lapeer and Northern Oakland Counties.  About 200 members live in the 
City of Flint.  We are one of 11 active groups comprising the Sierra Club 
Mackinac Chapter, with about 16,000 members in Michigan.  The Sierra Club is 
the largest volunteer grassroots environmental organization in the U.S., with 
about 580,000 members.  Check our web page at <http://www.gfn.org/sierrang>. 

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