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Michigan to Reconsider Garbage Laws, Boost Composting and Recycling Efforts

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is holding a public meeting in Lansing this week to discuss proposed changes to the state’s current solid waste regulations, which haven’t been thoroughly reviewed in nearly two decades.

The proposed recommendations, which were created by a 13-member panel composed of business, government and academic representatives, are meant to guide the state to amend Part 115 of Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act.

In addition to those efforts, the state’s Department of Environmental Quality is pushing for a law that would prohibit waste haulers from disposing of yard clipping at unregulated compost facilities, require closure bonding and certain quality standards for the end product.

MLive has more information:

Michigan is poised to bury its dependence on heaping garbage in landfills in favor of a rules that emphasize more recycling, composting and other re-uses for the gunk and junk that we all throw away.

This week, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is holding a public meeting in Lansing on a proposed overhaul of the state's solid waste regulations developed by a group of business, government and academic representatives.

The 13-member advisory panel, formed last April, has put forth a suite of recommendations that represent the first comprehensive look at updating Michigan's garbage disposal and recycling laws in nearly two decades.

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