Annual Solid Waste Report Released

Contact: Christina Miller, millerc1@michigan.gov, 517-614-7426
Agency: Environmental Quality

UPDATED March 1, 2017

On February 28, 2017, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) released the fiscal year 2016 solid waste report, which offers a look at quantities added to Michigan’s landfills. 

There was a 3.1 percent overall increase in solid waste disposed of in Michigan landfills compared to FY 2015.  Waste disposed of by Michigan residents and businesses increased by about 1.8 percent, and waste imported from other states and Canada also increased by almost 7.5 percent.  The largest source of waste imports into Michigan continues to be from Canada, representing 18.1 percent of all waste disposed of in Michigan landfills. 

An increased volume of disposed waste is tied to increased economic activity, especially building and construction.  It can be considered a sign the nation’s economy, like Michigan’s, is continuing to recover.

In addition, when there is more material coming into a landfill there is more opportunities to use the material. According to a report in 2014 the amount of waste recycled was increasing at a faster pace than the waste disposed.  Recently Governor Rick Snyder challenged Michigan to double the state’s recycling rate from 15 to 30 percent.  The MDEQ and partners, including members of the Governor's Recycling Council and the Solid Waste and Sustainability Advisory Panel, are working to identify actionable steps to achieve the Governor's goal and are expected to share their recommendations in March.

All Michigan landfills are required to submit information on disposal to the MDEQ. The department compiles the information into an annual report for the legislature.  At current rates and presuming no new capacity is permitted, Michigan landfills have about 27 years of remaining disposal capacity.

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

WASTE GENERATION ORIGIN

WASTE VOLUME (CUBIC YARDS)

FY 2015

FY 2016

CANADA

8,090,942

8,883,958

CONNECTICUT

336

61,856

FLORIDA

0

41

ILLINOIS

115,102

127,052

INDIANA

967,482

972,260

IOWA

0

4

KANSAS

0

1

MASSACHUSETTS

10

0

MICHIGAN

36,862,512

37,514,517

MINNESOTA

1

6

MISSISSIPPI

0

1

NEW YORK

0

16

NEW JERSEY

7

0

OHIO

1,309,793

1,323,976

PENNSYLVANIA

0

11

WASHINGTON

0

15

WISCONSIN

280,168

205,554

 

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