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EGLE releases annual solid waste report

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has released its 26th annual solid waste report, which offers a look at inputs to Michigan’s landfills during 2021. 

There was a 3 percent overall decrease in solid waste disposed of in Michigan landfills, compared to the same period in 2020. Waste disposed of by Michigan residents and businesses decreased by about 1.2 percent, and waste imported from other states and Canada decreased by about 8.3 percent. 

Imported waste represents about 22.1 percent of all waste disposed of in Michigan landfills.  The largest source of waste imported into Michigan continued to be Canada, contributing 17.4 percent of waste disposed of in Michigan. Fifteen states imported waste into Michigan.  Ohio contributed the largest amount of waste imported to Michigan from an individual state. 

All 67 Michigan landfills are required to submit information on disposal to EGLE, which compiles this information into an annual report for the Legislature. 

The specific amounts of waste disposed in Michigan from the various jurisdictions are:

Waste Generation Origin

Waste Volume (Cubic Yards)

FY 2020

FY 2021

CANADA

9,053,889

8,903,695

CONNECTICUT

42,648

943

IDAHO

 

1

ILLINOIS

50

1,572

INDIANA

492,080

525,718

IOWA

7

 

KANSAS

21

5

KENTUCKY

29

12

MASSACHUSETTS

108,686

344,831

MINNESOTA

7

 

MISSOURI

6

 

NEW JERSEY

 

22,103

NEW YORK

120

 

OHIO

1,659,486

1,235,702

OREGON

 

 

PENNSYLVANIA

9

 

TENNESSEE

 

9

TEXAS

 

2

VIRGINIA

 

1

WASHINGTON

706,776

1

WEST VIRGINIA

130

124

WISCONSIN

246,664

257,235

View the 26th annual solid waste report.

As part of its mission, EGLE continues to invest in increasing recycling access, improving recycling infrastructure, and providing public education regarding recycling and waste reduction to reduce overall waste disposal in Michigan.