LANSING, MI - –
The amount of trash sent to Michigan from other states and Canada continues to decline.
Michigan officials said Friday that the amount of imported waste fell 24% in the 12-month period that ended Sept. 30. The amount of waste sent to landfills by Michigan businesses and residents fell 13%.
Trash disposal likely has declined overall because of the poor economy and increased recycling. An agreement with Canada to lower trash imports also plays a role.
Canadian trash exports to Michigan dropped by nearly 16% last year.
The decline in trash saves landfill space but leaves the state with less money to inspect landfills and oversee waste disposal.
Michigan funds its landfill program through a 21-cent-per-ton fee.