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Envisioning a Scaleable Composting Program for Holland, Michigan

Envisioning a Scaleable Composting Program for Holland, Michigan

Program: Catalyst Leadership Circle Fellowship
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Holland, Michigan has goals to develop and incorporate concepts that focus on supporting sustainable practices for the city's operations and its community-based actions. This project’s objectives were based on the Holland Community Energy Plan as well as the City of Holland Master Plan, both of which recognize Holland's predisposition and capacity to adapt to sustainable practices in preparation for uncertain future climate conditions. The project's goal was to establish the rationale for and steps needed to implement an expanded municipal composting program. Catalyst Leadership Circle Fellow Alex Wilkinson proposed a framework, with recommendations that range from changing the process of composting to making the collection of compost carts a year-round, rather than season, service.

  • Location: Holland, MI
  • Project Team: Alex Wilkinson (Fellow), University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning; Dan Broersma (Mentor), City of Holland; Matthew Naud (Technical Advisor), Resource Recycling Systems

Project Presentation

Other Downloads

  • Sample City Council Composting Program Project Proposal
    Full recommendations for an expanded composting program for the City of Holland, including the proposal to Holland City Council and a draft RFP for composting vendors. This report outlines the intent and rationale of the proposed program, and includes both an implementation plan and a summary of benefits and impacts.
  • Sample Composting Program Vendor RFP
    Sample RFP for composting vendors drafted for the City of Holland and adaptable for other municipalities.