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Solid Waste Planning
Each county has a Solid Waste Management Plan that ensures adequate disposal capacity and assures that all non-hazardous solid waste generated in the county is collected and recovered, processed, or disposed at facilities that comply with state laws and rules. However, the State of Michigan is shifting its focus from disposal to materials management. Solid Waste Management Plans are outdated, therefore, in the future, Counties will be transitioning to plans with a materials management focus. This shift will increase recycling access, infrastructure, and market development as well.
Counties will be encouraged, but NOT required, to look at and integrate other sustainable practices such as:
- Energy Recovery and Savings
- Pollution Prevention
- Social Equity
- Decarbonization, Sustainability, and Climate Resiliency
- Materials Management Engagement Grants
- Recycling - scroll to the Grant section for more information
Introduced Legislation Planning Guidance Information
- Materials Management Planning - Introduced Legislation
- Draft Siting Process Flowchart
- Materials Management Planning - Agencies and Duties
- Materials Management Plan Approval Process
- For more information on proposed legislation, visit the Solid Waste and Recycling Advisors Homepage
Plan Amendment Documents
- To Prepare a Plan Amendment, complete the Amendment Notice of Intent Form.
- Plan Amendment FAQ
- Plan Amendment Approval Process Flowchart
- Current and Approved Plan Amendments
Plan Update Information and Guidance
- Guidebook for Preparing the Standard Plan Format
- General Guidance for Preparing Solid Waste Management Plan Updates
Part 115 requires waste import/export authorizations.
This means waste must be approved by both the county sending the waste and the county receiving the waste. This is called reciprocal authorization. The county sending the waste is the exporter and the county receiving the waste is the importer.
Ex. County A sends waste to County B
County A exports to County B
County B imports from County A
For local questions, contact your County or Regional Designated Planning Agency Contact.
Currently Approved County Plans and Plan Amendments (subject to change)
(* Items are amendments to the County Plans)
(** Items are "Entire Plans that have been Amended")