Other states, Canada send less trash to Michigan


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.