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      Marquette looking at new recycling facility

      The main color outside may be white, but the city of Marquette is hoping people are ready to think green. Monday, City Commissioners listened to a proposal for a new recycling facility. The goal is to extend the life of the Marquette County Landfill in Sands Township. According to the chair of the Solid Waste Management Authority, after expenses, the city would take in 60 percent of the profit and the landfill 40 percent.

      "The City Commission and the Waste Management Authority sat down last week, and I think we share a lot of similar goals," said Assistant City Manager Kyle Whitney. "We're looking to extend the life of the landfill, looking to save some money for the city, and at the end of the day, increase recycling rates around the county."

      The location for the new collection facility would be within the city limits, off County Road 553. The next reading for the proposal will be in February.