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New story map explains how landfills work

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s latest story map highlights how landfills work.

Tipping operation at a landfill

Tipping operation at a landfill.

“Today’s landfills are highly engineered systems designed, installed, operated, and closed with EGLE oversight to ensure the safety of Michiganders and that our natural resources are protected,” notes Liz Browne, director of EGLE’s Materials Management Division.

The story map highlights Michigan solid waste disposal – from your home to the landfill.

It includes:

  • Landfill basics
  • A solid waste landfill map shows both type II and III solid waste landfills in Michigan.
  • An in-depth cross-section of a landfill
  • Two videos
  • Landfill regulations
  • Disposal statistics
  • EGLE’s oversight
  • And more

For more information about solid waste and materials management in Michigan, visit