Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Do You Recycle? Here's A Plan!

The Clio Area Regional Planning Board presents a proposal to create:

The Clio Area Recycling Center at Wal-Mart

A  PROPOSAL

A Clio Area Recycling Center is proposed as a joint public/private partnership between the residents of the Clio Area, as represented by the Regional Planning Board, and the local business community including its major partner, Wal-Mart.



SECTION 1.              BACKGROUND: 



The Clio Area Regional Planning Board consists of two elected officials from the City of Clio, the Clio Area School Board, Thetford Township and Vienna Township.  The Planning Board has the governmental responsibility to plan and implement projects across boundary lines.  Projects undertaken by the Board include efforts within eight categories or spokes of the Healthy Community Wheel, intended to enhance the quality of life within the 48420 zip code and throughout the Northern Tier of Genesee County.



One of those categories emphasized within a Healthy Community is the “environment” which includes efforts in reducing, reusing, and recycling waste products.



At the same time, the local Wal-Mart store is committed to the Wal-Mart Corporate policy:

Zero Waste

Our vision is to reach a day where there are no dumpsters behind our stores and clubs, and no landfills containing our throwaways. We want to create zero waste.



And, the local Wal-Mart store is committed to:

Developing solutions — together

SVNs (Sustainable Value Networks) bring together leaders from our company, supplier companies, academia, government, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs.) Together, we explore challenges develop solutions that benefit our business, as well as our local and global communities.



SECTION 2.             PURPOSE 



It is intended to create a comprehensive recycling center in order to:

·       Establish a recycling infrastructure for the 48420 zip code and the Northern Tier of Genesee County;

·       Reduce the amount of garbage and reduce the need for landfills;

·       Educate the public on the benefits of recycling;

·       Instruct residents how to maximize recycling;

·       Create a unique public/private partnership with the Clio Wal-Mart that will capture the financial value of recycled materials for the equal benefit of both organizations.



SECTION 3.              THE CLIO AREA RECYCLING BOARD



A.     Purpose:         The Recycling Board will foster cooperation among public and private entities in order to encourage and enhance waste reduction, recycling, and resource recovery across the 48420 zip code and the Northern Tier of Genesee County.



B.    Membership:   A Recycling Board is created as a subcommittee of the Regional Planning Board with 3 representatives from the RPB and three representatives from the business sector including the Wal-Mart manager and his designees, and one representative from a private sector recycling business.



C.    Duties of the Board



a.      The Board will seek strategic partnerships and alliances that better organize current recycling efforts and promote additional means to reach zero waste in the community.

b.     The Board will make policy and establish procedures to operate the Center.

c.      The Board will appoint members of the private sector, business community to advise the Board on policies and procedures that maximize efficiency and profit.

d.     The Board will seek “best practices” from throughout the United States, including the “zero waste” policy of the California based Wal-Marts.

                                                    i.     The Board will develop a plan to create and operate the center.

                                                  ii.     The Board will develop a community promotion campaign.

                                                iii.     The Board will create a budget for implementation.

                                                iv.     The Board will develop a formula for sharing of profits between the public and the private sector.

e.      The Board will receive funds from the private sector business partners and distribute funds.

                                                    i.     The Board will receive and evaluate applications from community, non-profit organizations seeking funds for public purposes.

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