The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced grants to recycle scrap tires Tuesday. The $2.9 million grants will fund research on products that can be made from used tires - including a better form of asphalt for the state’s roads. 

Two recycling bins at Gull Run Apartments in Comstock
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Michigan’s recycling rate is one of the lowest in the country. Last year Governor Rick Snyder announced a statewide initiative to raise the state’s 15 percent rate closer to the national average of 35 percent.

Single-stream recycling in our area gets sorted here at the Elkhart, Indiana Material Recovery Facility
Recycle Works

Starting Thursday, the City of Portage will change the way it does recycling. Instead of having two bins, one for paper and cardboard and one for plastic and glass, residents can throw them all together in one big cart. 

This is called single-stream recycling. It’s convenient for residents and has been shown to dramatically increase recycling rates. But what’s good for residents isn't always good for manufacturers.

Gov. Rick Snyder's 15-point plan includes a 100-percent increase in recycling by the end of 2016.

State officials say plan could also create nearly 13,000 jobs