Montcalm County hires new recycling specialist

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 10:24 am on Monday, October 17, 2011

Jacob Rytlewski

STANTON —  Montcalm County has a new resource recovery coordinator.
Jacob Rytlewski was hired to fill the newly created county position after Michigan State University Extension eliminated the position Sept. 30 due to a state cut to higher educator funding.
Dixie Ward, the former resource recovery educator, chose not to apply for the job when the county changed the title and reposted the position.
Rytlewski started his new duties Oct. 3. He will work up to 32 hours per week at a wage of $17 per hour.
Rytlewski recently graduated from Northern Michigan University with a bachelor of science degree in environmental conservation with a double minor in geographic information systems (GIS) and alternative energy. After graduating, he moved back to his hometown of Otisco Township.
“Spending my college years in the forests of the Upper Peninsula taught me great respect for natural beauty and opened my eyes to the need for environmental protection,” Rytlewski said. “I was eager to find relevant employment that dealt with preserving Michigan’s natural resources.”
Rytlewski said recycling can be challenging for rural communities and residents need to be educated on the important of reducing waste, along with the proper procedures for managing household hazardous waste.
“One of my goals, in coalition with the Montcalm Solid Waste Management Planning Committee, is to increase the convenience and access for citizens to recycle,” Rytlewski said. “My determination to expand recycling options and engage the community ensures that Montcalm County’s waste management programs will continue to grow and improve over time. I am proud to be a part of a program that will hopefully set the bar for rural communities and lead by example for other counties across Michigan.”
The Solid Waste Management Planning Committee will discuss Rytlewski’s job description and goals at the regular meeting 3 p.m. Thursday in the Administrative Building in Stanton. Rytlewski is also scheduled to give his first report at the meeting. Anyone may attend.

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