A set of new proposals by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Solid Waste and Sustainability Advisory Panel (SWSAP) will amend – and make greener – Michigan’s solid waste laws. In the document, SWSAP’s 13-member panel, which includes representatives of businesses, environmental groups, solid waste processors, academia, and local governments, proposes to update the way in which solid waste is managed in the state.
The proposals look to deemphasize the need for landfills and instead make a shift toward materials management. They also recommend increased utilization, better oversight, and regulation of composting facilities. In addition, they call for financial assurance and other resources to care for sites after they are shut down.