Michigan Materials Management (M3)

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    Michigan is in the process of transforming its Solid Waste Management program to encompass ALL managed materials. This means that rather than focusing on solid waste (trash) going into landfills, the state is working toward the highest and best use practices for all materials; this includes, but is not limited to, recyclables, organics, and solid wastes. This shift allows Michigan to continue minimizing the impacts of the material choices made every day and works to establish convenient, inclusive access to recycling, composting, waste reduction opportunities, as well as adequate disposal options.

  • What is the M3 Roadmap?

    As Michigan transitions to this new phase of Materials Management, the state is looking to gather more comprehensive data on the current status of materials management infrastructure – this will allow us, in the future, to determine gaps and challenges at a local level as well as plan for the future. It is important for the state as a whole to work together as each sector involved in materials management from facilities to municipalities will play an important role in the success of these programs.

  • What is included in the M3 Roadmap?

    This initiative includes several phases: data collection, online reporting, registration, and eventually new Materials Management Plans (these will be replacing current Solid Waste Management Plans).  Data collected through reporting and registration mechanisms will help inform the new Materials Management Plans which are expected to be called for in the future.  The state is currently developing an electronic platform for all facility registrations and annual reportings – this will further streamline the process for facilities as well as increase the efficiency and accuracy of data aggregation and analysis.

Staff Contacts

Logo of 3 triangles forming a right-facing arrow with text: M3 Roadmap Mega-Data Initiative
  • The purpose of the Mega-data project is to collect information on the status of materials management systems in all municipalities within Michigan's 83 counties for use in development of future materials management plans. This initiative will take place during 2020.

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  • Regulated facilities and voluntary reporters will notify, register, and begin their general permitting process through a new online platform. This platform will allow for a more efficient and streamlined reporting process.

    More information coming soon.

Logo of 3 triangles forming a right-facing arrow with text: M3 Roadmap Planning Program
  • Solid Waste Management Plans are required for each of the 83 counties in Michigan. The State is shifting from a focus on waste disposal to a more holistic materials management approach, hence the name change to Materials Management Planning. This will help Counties work collaboratively to set goals, increase recycling, composting, and other sustainable practices, and evaluate current methods of materials management within the planning area to align with this shift.

  • Looking for more information on the Planning Program?
3 triangles forming a right-facing arrow, text: M3 Roadmap Municipal & Non-Municipal Programs
  • Future data collection and reporting is currently being developed.  Beginning in 2021, Municipalities, Counties, and Non-Municipal Programs will be able to report program information and data utilizing online survey and reporting tools.

    More information coming soon.

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3 triangles forming a right-facing arrow, text: M3 Roadmap Sustainable Materials Management
  • Our programs have evolved from a focus primarily on disposal to an increased emphasis on resource conservation and recovery.  Consistent with Michigan’s Solid Waste Policy, our programs recognize waste as a resource that should be managed to promote economic vitality, ecological integrity, and improved quality of life in a way that fosters sustainability.  

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