Michigan Reports 43 Percent Increase in Canadian Waste Imports

Date: January 29, 2004

Source: News Room

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has reported that the state accepted 43 per cent more trash from Canada in 2003 than the year before. Canadian waste sent to Michigan rose to 9.4 million cubic yards in 2003 from 6.6 million cubic yards in 2002, the DEQ report said. Total solid waste from other states and Canada was 15.5 million cubic yards in 2003. Including in-state waste, Michigan landfills took in 62.6 million cubic yards of waste in 2003, up from 57.5 million the year before. Toronto shipped 3.25 million tons of waste to Michigan last year under a contract that extends through 2004. Several bills to address the out-of-state waste flow are pending in the state legislature, and Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has urged the legislature to pass the bills.
More information: www.michigan.gov/deq.

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