Solid Waste Policy 2007Contact: Matthew Flechter 517-614-7353
Michigan's Solid Waste Policy provides a framework to guide Michigan citizens, businesses, government agencies, institutions, universities, and political leaders in making smart choices for managing Michigan's solid wastes by viewing solid waste as a resource in a global economy. The policy uses the three principles of sustainability: economic vitality, ecological integrity, and improved quality of life to guide solid waste management decisions. The Solid Waste Policy embodies the consensus agreement of stakeholders on the Solid Waste Policy Advisory Committee, a group made up of representatives from local governments, the environmental community, and the solid waste and recycling industries. The Solid Waste Policy encourages a deliberate and inclusive solid waste management decision-making process and recommends goals. Goals outlined in the Solid Waste Policy include finding uses for 50 percent of Michigan's municipal solid waste by 2015 and ensuring that all Michigan citizens have convenient access to residential recycling programs by 2012. The policy also recommends future stakeholder meetings to help guide the implementation of the policy and to facilitate sustainable waste management practices.