General Information

Landfill Prohibited Materials and Appropriate Disposal Options 

Report on Waste Inspections at Michigan Landfills

Common Solid Waste Violations

Open Burning Information

Successful Funding Approaches Used in Michigan Recycling Programs

Traditionally, residents pay for waste collection through property taxes or a fixed fee, regardless of how much-or how little-trash they generate.  Pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) breaks with tradition by treating trash services just like electricity, gas, and other utilities.  Households pay a variable rate depending on the amount of service they use.  You can link to the EPA website and search for more information on PAYT.  Most communities with PAYT charge residents a fee for each bag or can of waste they generate.  In a small number of communities, residents are billed based on the weight of their trash.  Either way, these programs are simple and fair.  The less you throw away, the less you pay.  This creates a direct economic incentive to recycle more and to generate less waste.  Over 5,000 communities use this innovative system. 

Part 115 Rule Interpretation Q&A Document (Updated 01/04/2006)

Michigan Solid Waste Importation Task Force Final Report

Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection (OWMRP), technical committee was put together in October 1999 with the goal of developing a guidance document that would enable OWMRP staff to cautiously, thoroughly, and consistently apply a decision process for determining whether or not groundwater at a site is in an aquifer.  Follow this link to the Groundwater Not In An Aquifer document.  Please note that there is a cover memo, which must remain with any subsequent copies of this document.

Michigan Manufacturers' Guide to Environmental and Safety and Health Regulations

Solid Waste Disposal Area (Landfill, Transfer Station, and Processing Plant) Licenses Due to Expire:  For various reasons, a majority of sites will need to apply for a renewal to an operating license prior to the expiration of the existing license.  Therefore, it cannot be projected when those dates will occur.  However, you can determine when a license will expire and if a site has applied for a new license by searching for a specific site or location through the WDS Public Viewer