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Materials Management in Michigan
EGLE is helping communities keep materials out of landfills and finding the highest and best use for them.
Materials management includes managing recyclables, organics, tires, wood, concrete, and other materials traditionally considered trash and landfilled. The resources below are part of EGLE's effort to help communities, residents, businesses, and materials management professionals connect and work towards meeting our goals of increasing material management opportunities across Michigan and achieving carbon neutrality in 2050.
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The EGLE Sustainable Materials Management hierarchy prioritizes actions we can all take to prevent and divert unwanted materials from being landfilled. Each level in the hierarchy focuses on different management strategies for recovering value from unwanted materials. The top levels share the preferred ways to mange materials sustainably. The uses towards the top of the hierarchy provides the most benefits for the environment, society, and the economy, while the bottom levels represent the least beneficial options.
Preventing waste is the #1 action each of us can do to preserve natural resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and curb climate change.
This initiative provides education, training, planning and technical resources to local public officials.
EGLE is working with Resource Recycling Systems to collect information on the status of materials management across Michigan known as the Mega Data Project. This will identify a baseline for current materials management practices and assist in the development of future materials management plans.
Food Waste and Recovery
Check out the latest information on Food Waste and Recovery in Michigan.
Household Hazardous Waste
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Resources for residents.
Materials Management Division
For more Materials Management Division (MMD) program information, visit the division's webpage.
Developing Public-Private Partnerships to grow Michigan's recycled materials markets.
Solid Waste Planning
Solid waste management plans are required for each county in Michigan. Updating these plans will help counties work collaboratively to set goals, increase recycling, composting, and other sustainable practices.
Recycled Materials Market Directory
Recycling Directory for businesses.
Recycling establishments required to report through Part 175 register and report through Re-TRAC Connect.
Re-TRAC Authorizations Program
Materials Management facilities regulated under statute are required to create accounts and report through our online platform, Re-TRAC Connect.
Solid Waste Alternatives Program
The Solid Waste Alternatives Program (SWAP) was created to deliver grants and loans to public and private entities to develop and maintain projects that diverted or assisted in diverting solid waste from Michigan sanitary landfills and incinerators. The goals of SWAP funded projects were to benefit the environment, provide jobs, save energy, and decrease Michigan’s dependence on landfilling materials.