Common Solid Waste Violations

The following violations index is organized into categories of common solid waste violations. The violation categories are not listed in order of severity or frequency of findings. Click on the category to access the list of violations commonly found. These violations have been identified during solid waste inspections by Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection staff. This is not a comprehensive list of all the requirements staff evaluate while conducting inspections.

Click on highlighted text to access guidance documents on a particular subject or link to another internet site. If you are looking for specific information about a facility's compliance history, contact the Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection District Office that oversees the area where the facility is located. If you are looking for environmental information about a facility or area, you may want to visit the site Envirofacts Data Warehouse and Environmental Defense Fund Scorecard to access various US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) databases


There are many sources of information available in regard to solid waste disposal. For example, a US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publication, Illegal Dumping Prevention Guidebook, discusses options for communities dealing with illegal solid waste dumping. The state solid waste regulations can be downloaded or purchased from the Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection.  Many state rules adopt federal requirements. The federal waste regulations can be downloaded or purchased from the US Government Printing Office by calling 202-512-1800. Additional resource links are included under the various violations.


The links to other web sites have been provided as an aid to assist users in locating additional information on these regulatory topics. Web sites and regulations are subject to change that may make these links outdated. Michigan's requirements may also be more stringent than federal regulations. Reliance on information from this site is not usable as a defense in any enforcement action or litigation. If you have questions, review the regulations or discuss your specific requirements with Waste Management district staff. If you are unsure about whom to contact, call the Environmental Assistance Center at 800-662-9278 for referral. This site was produced by the DEQ Environmental Assistance Division in conjunction with the Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection in June 2000.