- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation creating a statewide data collection system so that Michigan can track its recycling efforts.

Snyder signed the bill Tuesday so the state can get accurate recycling rate data. He had tasked Michigan with doubling its current rate of about 15 percent of household waste. Snyder’s office says the national average was 35 percent in 2014.

The new law requires recycling facilities to send data to the state Department of Environmental Quality. It comes after Snyder’s announcement of a 2014 initiative to support local recycling programs.

That plan included a call to update the state’s recycling tracking, improve public education and offer more convenient local recycling. Snyder’s office says there’s no associated fee with data collection and reporting requirements.

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