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Materials Management in Michigan

EGLE is focused on reducing the impacts of material choices on our natural resources, the environment, and climate by establishing convenient, inclusive access to recycling, organics management, waste reduction opportunities, and adequate disposal options.

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.

For additional program information:

Solid Waste Programs

Solid Waste Recycling Advisors Resources

EGLE Recycling


Contact

Carlie Money
MoneyC@Michigan.gov
517-897-4805


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.

Sustainable Materials Management hierarchy

 

Catalyst Communities

This initiative provides education, training, planning and technical resources to local public officials.

Catalyst Communities

Data Collection

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.

Mega Data Project

Food Waste and Recovery

Check out the latest information on Food Waste and Recovery in Michigan.

Food Waste and Recovery

Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Resources for residents.

Household Hazardous Waste

Materials Management Division

For more Materials Management Division (MMD) program information, visit the division's webpage.

Materials Management Division

Michigan Recycling Directory

Recycling Directory for residents.

Michigan Recycling Directory

NextCycle

Developing Public-Private Partnerships to grow Michigan's recycled materials markets.

NextCycle Michigan

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.

Solid Waste Planning

Recycled Materials Market Directory

Recycling Directory for businesses.

Recycled Materials Market Directory (RMMD)

Recycling Grants

Check out the latest EGLE Materials Management grants.

Recycling Grants

Recycling Reporting

Recycling establishments required to report through Part 175 register and report through Re-TRAC Connect.

Part 175 Michigan Recycling Reporting

Re-TRAC Authorizations Program

Materials Management facilities regulated under statute are required to create accounts and report through our online platform, Re-TRAC Connect.

Re-TRAC Authorizations Program

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.

Solid Waste Alternatives Program