Canadian waste imports increase in Michigan

Canadian waste imports increase in Michigan

The state landfilled 10.5 million cubic yards of waste from Canada in 2017, a 3 percent increase.


Canadian imports have caused the volume of waste in Michigan to increase by 3 percent in 2017, a report by says. Ten and a half million cubic yards from Canada was brought into the state last year.

The increase was announced by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Lansing, Michigan, on Jan. 31 and was part of its annual solid waste report. The solid waste report looked at landfill disposal during the 2017 fiscal year, which was Oct. 1, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2017.

In 2016, 8.8 million cubic yards of waste was imported from Canada, meaning the volume of Canadian waste imports increased by 19 percent in a year. Canadian solid waste made up 21 percent of the 50.6 million cubic yards of additional waste in the state.

Gov. Rick Snyder is using the data to exemplify the need for an increased landfill tipping fee to manage its waste and recycling rates. Snyder called the amount of waste being imported to the state “unacceptable” in a Jan. 30 tweet, the report says.

Around 2.3 million cubic yards of waste is being imported from 13 other states in 2017, including Ohio (1.4 million cubic yards), Indiana (598,361 cubic yards), Wisconsin (218,740 cubic yards) and Illinois (30,762 cubic yards). Despite these numbers, the report says imports from other states decreased in 2017 by 14 percent.

The volume is Canadian imports is the larges recorded since 2008, the report says. In the late 1990s, Michigan brought in less than 3 million cubic yards from Canada each year. In 2006, that figure grew to 12 million cubic yards. The volumes decreased in 2009 to 10 million cubic yards but have been on the rise since. The volume has grown each year since 6.7 million cubic yards was recorded in 2012.