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Materials Management Division

The Materials Management Division (MMD) oversees the solid and hazardous waste programs, radioactive materials activities, radon awareness program, and energy program. The division oversees waste disposal, transportation, and storage as well as implementing strategies to support pollution prevention and beneficial uses of waste materials. Activities in the radiological area include coordinating with nuclear power plants, local emergency responders, and the federal government to ensure that Michigan has sufficient resources in the event of a radioactive material release. Read more about us in our 2021 Year at a Glance Report.

Meet Director Elizabeth Browne

Liz Browne oversees the hazardous and solid waste programs, radiological protection efforts, and sustainability programs, including the Office of Energy. Liz has worked to merge the traditional waste programs with the pollution prevention, climate, and energy work that are vital to sustainability and Michigan’s commitment to a circular economy: eliminating waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems.

Liz has worked in many of the programs that now make up EGLE. She has had management roles in the Superfund and Storage Tank programs. She also led the division responsible for wetlands, dunes, dams, and shorelines. Other stints included working with drinking water and the water-related revolving loan programs. Browne also led the emergency management program for EGLE’s predecessor agency.

Elizabeth Browne's Biography
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Charge Up Michigan

Incentives for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and MI’s EV Charging Infrastructure.

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Michigan Energy Office

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy programs for businesses and communities.


Energy Ombudsman

Guidance on energy issues and disputes between small businesses and utilities.

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Learn about waste management

Household hazardous waste (HHW) includes products that we purchase and use every day in our homes that can harm us or the environment if they are not handled properly.

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Hazardous Waste and Liquid Industrial By-Products

Managing the generation, treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous wastes, licensing and regulating hazardous and liquid industrial by-products transportation, and informing individuals of the opportunities for proper disposal of hazardous and harmful wastes generated in the home.

Pollution Prevention Week 2021

Pollution Prevention

Pollution Prevention and Stewardship programs for businesses and communities

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Electronics recycling, Infrastructure, Market Development, Next Cycle, Composting, Incentives

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Scrap Tires

Transportation, Storage, Disposal, Cleanup, and Market Development

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Solid Waste

Processing, Transfer, And Disposal Facilities; County Planning

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Hazardous Waste, Liquid Industrial By-Product, Used Oil