Solid Waste Programs
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.
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. In addition to ensuring that waste disposal practices are protective of the public and environment, we promote a systematic approach to using/reusing resources productively and sustain-ably throughout their life cycles, from the point of resource extraction through material recycling or final disposal.
Materials management includes managing recyclables, organics, tires, wood, concrete, and other materials traditionally considered trash and landfilled.
Solid Waste Programs
This program is designed to help communities and businesses find innovative ways to reuse industrial byproducts that are either designated inert or non-hazardous while ensuring public and environmental health is protected. This program helps in reducing overall costs to the economy by recycle/reuse and keeps those material out of landfills. This program relies on the latest science, engineering principles, and controls to provide adequate solid waste characterization.
Composting is good for the environment by reducing landfill waste, greenhouse gas emissions, and reducing carbon in the atmosphere. The Compost Program has information and resources for all composters, from backyard setups to large commercial facilities, and anything in-between.
Electronic Waste Take Back Program
The Michigan Electronic Waste Take Back Program assures that consumers in the state have convenient access to proper reuse and recycling of unwanted electronics. This includes assuring that manufacturers are complying with Michigan’s Extended Producer Responsibility law and that recyclers of electronics are meeting essential environmental and data security standards.
Materials Management in Michigan (M3)
EGLE is helping communities keep materials out of landfills and finding the highest and best use for them.This page provides resources as 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.
Medical Waste Regulatory Program
The Medical Waste Regulatory Program manages producers of regulated wastes by location in Michigan. Facilities are registered and regulated in an environmental and public health protective manner. The program assists both industries and the public regarding the proper disposal of medical waste in accordance with the current state regulations.
The Part 175 Recycling Reporting law requires certain recycling facilities to register and report the amount of certain common recyclables they process each year. Once reported, the aggregated data is published online in an annual report.
Scrap Tire Program
The scrap tire program regulates transportation, storage and disposal of scrap tires under Part 169 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended. An annual registration is required for scrap tire haulers and collection sites.
Solid Waste Disposal Area
EGLE regulates facilities used for the handling and disposal of solid waste under Part 115, Solid Waste Management, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended. Transfer facilities, processing plants, solid waste landfills, and industrial surface impoundments used for waste disposal are all subject to the permitting, licensing and operational standards established under Michigan’s Solid Waste Management Regulatory program.
Solid Waste Planning
Each county in Michigan has a Solid Waste Management Plan that ensures adequate disposal capacity and assures that all the non-hazardous solid waste generated in the county is collected and recovered, processed, or disposed at facilities that comply with state laws and rules.
The State is shifting its focus from disposal to materials management. In the future, Counties will be transitioning from Solid Waste Management Plans to plans with a materials management focus. This shift will increase recycling access, infrastructure, and market development as well as, Counties will be encouraged to look at and integrate other sustainable practices.