Michigan decreased solid waste volumes in 2009
The Report of Solid Waste Landfilled in Michigan
for fiscal year (FY) 2009 was released by the Department of Environmental
Quality (DEQ) and showed that Michigan landfills disposed of
47,837,680 cubic yards of solid waste in FY 2009.
Waste disposed of decreased by 5,284,953 cubic yards, about 13
percent, to 34,751,326 cubic yards, and waste imported from other
states and Canada also decreased this FY by 4,119,906 cubic yards,
approximately 24 percent, to 13,086,354 cubic yards. Imported
waste made up 27 percent of all waste disposed of in Michigan,
down from 30 percent the prior year.
The largest source of waste imports into Michigan continues to
be from Canada, equaling about 19 percent of all waste disposed
of in Michigan landfills. In FY 2009, 9,054,371 cubic yards were
received from Canada, a decrease from FY 2008 of about 16 percent.
Michigan’s $.21 per ton fee is the lowest in the Great Lakes
Based on the capacity used during FY 2009, the reduction of waste
disposed, and additional permitted landfill capacity, it is estimated
that Michigan landfills have approximately 25 years of remaining