EGLE releases annual solid waste report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 19, 2020
Jill A. Greenberg, EGLE Spokesperson, GreenbergJ@Michigan.gov, 517-897-4965
Christina Miller, Environmental Quality Specialist, MillerC1@Michigan.gov, 517-614-7426 

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) recently released its 24th annual solid waste report, which offers a look at inputs to Michigan’s landfills. 

There was a 6.2 percent overall increase in solid waste disposed of in Michigan landfills compared to the same period in 2018.  Waste disposed of by Michigan residents and businesses increased by almost 8.5 percent, and waste imported from other states and Canada decreased by about 1 percent. 

Imported waste represents about 22 percent of all waste disposed of in Michigan landfills. The largest source of waste imported into Michigan continued to be Canada, contributing 17.1 percent of waste disposed of in Michigan.  Twelve states imported waste into Michigan; of those, Ohio contributed the largest amount of waste from an individual state that was imported to Michigan. 

All 66 Michigan landfills are required to submit information on disposal to EGLE, which then compiles this information into an annual report for the Legislature. 

The specific amounts of waste disposed in Michigan from various jurisdictions are listed in Table 1.

Table 1: Waste Disposed in Michigan from Various Jurisdictions by Year

Waste Generation Origin

Waste Volume (Cubic Yards)

FY 2018

FY 2019

Canada

9,770,385

9,534,163

Connecticut

126,138

125,747

Illinois

19,097

225

Indiana

558,613

565,004

Iowa

10

0

Kansas

7

0

Kentucky

0

6

Michigan

39,932,328

43,324,503

Missouri

4

12

New Jersey

21,956

6,119

Ohio

1,792,600

1,899,397

Oregon

0

3

Pennsylvania

42

0

Tennessee

0

100

West Virginia

100

20

Wisconsin

223,935

249,333

 

EGLE, as part of its mission, continues discussions with stakeholders regarding options to promote increased recycling and waste reduction efforts in order to reduce overall waste disposal in Michigan.

Read the complete annual solid waste report.

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