DEQ releases annual Solid Waste Report

Agency: Environmental Quality

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2018

Contacts: 
Christina Miller, DEQ, millerc1@michigan.gov, 517-614-7426
Tiffany Brown, DEQ Public Information Officer, brownT22@michigan.gov, 517-284-671

LANSING, Mich.  The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently released its 22nd annual solid waste report, which offers a look at inputs to Michigan’s landfills. 

There was a 3.1 percent overall increase in solid waste disposed of in Michigan landfills compared to FY 2016.  Waste disposed of by Michigan residents and businesses increased by less than 1 percent, and waste imported from other states and Canada increased by 11.3 percent. 

Imported waste represents 25.5 percent of all waste disposed of in Michigan landfills.  The largest source of waste imports into Michigan continues to be from Canada, contributing 20.9 percent of waste disposed of in Michigan.  Thirteen states import waste into Michigan, with Ohio contributing the largest amount of waste imported to Michigan, of the 13 states.  

All 69 Michigan landfills are required to submit information on disposal to DEQ.  The department compiles the information into an annual report for the legislature.  The DEQ intends to continue stakeholder discussions regarding options to promote increased recycling and reduce waste disposal in Michigan.

The specific amounts of waste disposed in Michigan from various jurisdictions are:

WASTE GENERATION ORIGIN

WASTE VOLUME (CUBIC YARDS)

FY 2016

FY 2017

  CANADA

8,883,958  

10,572,922  

  CONNECTICUT

61,856  

0  

  FLORIDA

41  

0  

  ILLINOIS

127,052  

30,762  

  INDIANA

972,260  

598,361  

  IOWA

4  

19  

  KANSAS

1  

20  

  MICHIGAN

37,488,887  

37,723,925  

  MINNESOTA

6  

10  

  MISSISSIPPI

1  

0  

  MISSOURI

0  

4  

  MONTANA

0  

11  

  NEW YORK

16  

0  

  NEW JERSEY

0  

276  

  OHIO

1,323,976  

1,459,442  

  TENNESSEE

0  

14  

  PENNSYLVANIA

11  

0  

  WASHINGTON

15  

6  

  WEST VIRGINIA

0  

180  

  WISCONSIN

205,554  

218,740  

To view the report, visit www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3312_4123-47581--,00.html.