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• Expand Detroit’s single stream pilot curbside project to 60,000 households
• Increase participation and tonnage collected in the curbside pilot
• New neighborhood partners & incentive awards, e.g. Recycle Bank.
• City-wide curbside recycling plan by Dec. 2010 and
• No burning of Detroit trash!
• Alleviate health effects of pollutants from incineration
• Capture the value of the waste stream for economic development and jobs
• Preserve natural resources and reduce Detroit’s “carbon footprint”

ZWD’s proposal for comprehensive waste recovery:
Economic Development and Job Creation—Potential to create 1,000+ recycling jobs and generate $40+ million from recycling and waste recovery businesses

Continuous reduction of toxic exposure and greenhouse gases; recycling has 1/10 the pollution burden of trash incineration; Detroit incinerator is Wayne County’s 5th largest pollution source related to asthma

Reduce incentives to generate trash; incineration increases incentives

Sierra Club is one of 12 area organizations supporting Zero Waste Detroit.   Find out more about ZWD and ask other organizations to support the Zero Waste campaign.

For more information call 313-938-1133 or

Zero Waste Detroit Members: Coalition for Community Change,Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, East Michigan Environmental Action Council, Ecology Center, Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit, Greenacres Woodward Civic Association, Rosedale Recycles, Michigan Environmental Council, Sierra Club Southeast Michigan Group, Sierra Club Detroit Environmental Justice Program, and Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision.

New International bridge (DRIC)
letter to Gov Granholm and Legislature to DRIC

September 2009
Open letter to
Governor Granholm and the Michigan Legislature
regarding Michigan DOT FY 2010 Appropriations Act (SB 254)
Michigan Environmental Council
Sierra Club Michigan Chapter
for its SE Michigan Chapter and Sierra Club (US)
Transportation Riders United (Detroit, MI)
Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers, Inc.
with support from
Transport 2000 (Canada)
Transport 2000 (Ontario)
Sierra Club Ontario
Ontario Smart Growth Network
Citizens Environment Alliance (Windsor, ON)

The State of Michigan and Province of Ontario face extraordinarily difficult times.

The government of the State of Michigan this month must decide on a budget for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2009. The Michigan Legislature and Governor Granholm together must identify and select those actions and programs which meet immediate needs and prepare Michigan for the future.

The Michigan Legislature and Governor also must defer or eliminate programs that are not essential for meeting immediate needs. They must either cancel programs and projects for which the need is debatable or place them in hiatus until the need for them is clear to Michigan’s elected officials and to the public at large.

One project which certainly is not essential for meeting immediate needs and whose need for the future is debatable is the Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) highway project proposed in part by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). We refer to this project as a highway project rather than a bridge project because the lion’s share of the total project cost is for highway and border inspection facilities, not for the bridge.

We have joined together to oppose an investment in MDOT’s proposed DRIC highway project both at this time and in the foreseeable future. The reasons are both environmental and financial. Given the cumulative environmental impacts of the DRIChighway project and its connecting highways in Michigan, surrounding states, and Ontario, and given the questionable economics of the project, the Legislature should appropriate zero funds for the project for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010. It also should direct MDOT to suspend all real estate acquisition, permit acquisition, and design work on the proposed DRIC highway project.continued (download full letter)