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Storm Recovery

a neighborhood destroyed by a tornado or other storm
Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Storm Recovery

a neighborhood destroyed by a tornado or other storm

Storm Recovery Webinar

The recording of EGLE's April 9, 2024, storm recovery webinar is available. Watch the recording to hear first hand from EGLE staff about how to prepare for a natural disaster so your community can more quickly respond and recover from a natural disaster. 

Managing Storm Debris

Proper management of storm debris is important because it protects human health, safety, and our environment. Local officials, emergency response personnel, and residents can all benefit from understanding how to handle excess storm debris and being prepared. Where possible, reuse and recycling are the preferred methods for managing storm debris.

Learn more about managing storm debris

Emergency Solid Waste Authorization

Normally, solid waste goes to an authorized transfer station or permitted and licensed disposal areas for proper transfer, processing, and disposal.  Yard waste normally gets composted at a registered composting facility.  However, in emergencies there are provisions to petition the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) for emergency relief for recovering from a storm event if the emergency results in a situation that poses a threat or substantial nuisance to the public health or the environment.

Learn more about emergency solid waste authorization

Storm Debris Use

After Michigan's fickle weather leaves you with a mess (or messes) to clean up, you may be wondering what to do with all of that storm debris. Some Michigan municipalities have curbside brush collection, and many more have drop-off brush collection areas. Check with your local municipality for more information, to see what options may be available to you. However, if you own property, know someone that does, or have a conservation/wildlife club nearby, you may be able to utilize the debris material to create habitat for wildlife.

Learn more about storm debris use