Gov. Rick Snyder finds perfect addition to his home during tour of West Michigan business

If you were wondering if there is anything more on Gov. Rick Snyder’s to-do list than passing a budget, there is.

Pink garbage containers.

Michigan’s new governor says he would like to get some breast cancer-awareness waste and recycling carts in his neighborhood after visiting the Grand Rapids Township company that makes them.

“That’s one of the things I have on my list is to go see who is doing the trash (pick up) in our area and can I talk them into making these available to people on our street,” Snyder told reporters Friday.

The containers are made by Cascade Engineering as part of a collaboration with the American Cancer Society. Cascade donates $5 to the organization for each container sold. So far, the company has given more than $100,000 to the organization in the U.S. and Canada.

The rose-hued containers — made from recycled materials — are intended to be conversation starters and get people talking about the disease and prevention efforts.

“For employees, this is about expressing innovation and having an impact both socially and environmentally,” said Jo-Anne Perkins, general manager of Cascade Cart Solutions.

During the governor’s visit, Morrison Industrial Equipment made a donation to the Cascade Engineering’s Pink Cart Program. Morrison, Cascade’s long-time material handling supplier, gave two pink pallet trucks that will be used in Cascade’s Pink Cart production area.

“I think it’s a great idea to celebrate a success of where you have two commercial companies that are successful, good companies that are giving back to the community, recognizing a responsibility and an opportunity to help,” Snyder said after the presentation.

As for the budget, Snyder remains optimistic that will be settled by May.

“Each passing day, I see more people getting on board,” Snyder said.

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