It’s official: Michigan throws out less stuff

By QING ZHANG

Capital News Service

LANSING — Despite a slight increase in Michigan’s population, solid waste generated in the state in 2013 declined 0.5 percent, continuing a 10-year trend, according to a report by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

Origin of Michigan trash imports. Source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality solid waste report

Origin of Michigan trash imports. Source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality solid waste report

And the state still has almost three decades’ worth of landfill capacity, the report said.

Waste imported from other states and Canada increased by more than 8 percent.

Canada is the largest source of imported trash, accounting for about 17 percent of the total waste landfilled in Michigan last year, according to the report.

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Proposal would allow some waste dumping

By SAODAT ASANOVA-TAYLOR

Capital News Service

LANSING – Operators of compost companies and public agencies are criticizing legislative bills that might put them out of business.

The bills propose modifying the 17-year-old ban on dumping yard waste in landfills. They would allow some disposal in landfills instead of requiring composting.

Rep. Paul Opsommer, R-DeWitt, one of the sponsors, said the measure is necessary for creating renewable energy resources. The other sponsor of the legislation is Rep. Kenneth Horn, R-Frankenmuth.

“It will allow collection of yard waste only for those landfills that will use a gas collection system and then create alternative energy from it. The ban will still be in place for all the other landfills,” Opsommer said. Continue reading

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