DEQ releases annual Solid Waste Report

For Immediate Release
February 5, 2019

Contacts:        
Christina Miller, Environmental Quality Specialist, millerc1@michigan.gov, 517-614-7426
DEQ Media Office, deq-assist@michigan.gov, 517-284-9278

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) recently released its 23rd annual solid waste report, which offers an annual look at waste disposed of in Michigan’s landfills. Michigan’s long-term planning for landfill capacity continues to pay off, resulting in 27 years of landfill capacity at the current rate.

There was a 3.6 percent overall increase in solid waste disposed of in Michigan landfills compared to the same period in 2017. This increase highlights the continuing challenge of short term costs associated with disposal versus that of a more balanced materials management approach (i.e., reduce, reuse, recycle) in Michigan. Waste disposed of by Michigan residents and businesses increased by almost 5 percent, and waste imported from other states and Canada decreased by about 3 percent.

Imported waste represented about 24 percent of all waste disposed of in Michigan landfills. The largest source of waste imported into Michigan continued to be Canada, contributing 18.6 percent of waste disposed of in Michigan, underscoring the large gap in disposal costs between Michigan and Canadian landfills. Eleven states import waste into Michigan; of the eleven states, Ohio contributed the largest amount of waste imported to Michigan from a state.

All 66 Michigan landfills are required to submit information on disposal to the MDEQ. The department compiles this information into an annual report for the Legislature.

The specific amounts of waste disposed in Michigan during fiscal year (FY) 2018 from various jurisdictions are:

Waste Generation Origin

Waste Volume (Cubic Yards)

FY 2017

FY 2018

Canada

10,572,922

9,770,385

Connecticut

0

126,138

Illinois

30,762

19,097

Indiana

598,361

558,613

Iowa

19

10

Kansas

20

7

Michigan

37,723,925

39,932,328

Minnesota

10

0

Missouri

4

4

Montana

11

0

New Jersey

276

21,956

Ohio

1,459,442

1,792,600

Tennessee

14

0

Pennsylvania

0

42

Washington

6

0

West Virginia

180

100

Wisconsin

218,740

223,935

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

The MDEQ, as part of its ongoing mission, will continue discussions with stakeholders regarding potential policy changes and other options to further promote reducing overall waste generated, innovative reuse of materials, and increased recycling in Michigan.

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