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Waste Disposed in Michigan Landfills Rises Because of ImportsWaste Disposed in Michigan Landfills Rises Because of Imports

Allan Gerlat

March 11, 2014

1 Min Read
Waste Disposed in Michigan Landfills Rises Because of Imports

Michigan residents threw away less waste in 2013, but the amount of waste landfilled overall increased because of shipments from Canada and other states.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality said waste generated within Michigan declined 0.5 percent in 2013 compared with 2012.

However, overall waste generated increased by 1.4 percent because of shipments from other states, according to a news release.

At current rates and assuming no new capacity is permitted, Michigan has an estimated 28 years of disposal capacity left.

The biggest increase in exports came from Canada, 7.68 million cubic yards in 2013 compared with 6.76 cubic yards a year earlier; Wisconsin, 592,570 from 290,206; and Florida, 33,683 from 4,779.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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