Governor Granholm Signs New Laws to Reduce Trash into Michigan Landfills
LANSING – Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today signed a bipartisan package of legislation designed to curb the flow of trash into Michigan landfills. The Governor signed the new laws in two communities in southeast Michigan that have been hit hard by the high volume of Canadian trash being dumped into Michigan landfills.
“The steps we take in these new laws will help us reduce the amount of trash our state is currently being forced to take,” Granholm added. “These new laws also help us protect the health and safety of Michigan citizens who live in the communities where this trash is deposited.”
Granholm also praised lawmakers for new laws that will give the state leverage to prohibit solid waste from other countries and states if it does not conform to Michigan’s solid waste regulations. For example, the new laws would require any solid waste going into Michigan landfills to not include certain beverage containers, whole tires, oil, lead acid batteries, low-level radioactive waste, and hazardous waste – all items prohibited in Michigan landfills. The new laws also give county and municipal governments the right to enforce solid waste laws, require inspections of solid waste imported from Canada, enhance the inspection of landfills, and provide increased penalties for violations of solid waste laws.
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New Laws Signed Today to Curb the Flow of Trash Into Michigan Landfills
House Bill 5234 sponsored by Representative Daniel Acciavatti (R-Chesterfield Township) – regulates disposal of solid waste in landfills.
House Bill 5235 sponsored by Representative David Robertson (R-Grand Blanc Township) – requires host community agreements for solid waste disposal areas.
Senate Bill 57 sponsored by Senator Mike Bishop (R-Rochester) – requires inspection of solid waste imported from Canada to determine if waste is being transported under state rules and if that the waste poses no threat to the public’s health and safety.
Senate Bill 497 sponsored by Senator Buzz Thomas (D-Detroit) – provides the definition of “beverage container” under the solid waste management law.
Senate Bill 498 sponsored by Senator Patty Birkholz (R-Saugatuck Township) – expands prohibited products in landfills to include beverage containers, whole tires, oil, lead acid batteries, low-level radioactive waste and hazardous waste.
Senate Bill 499 sponsored by Senator Alan Sanborn (R-Richmond) – enhances inspections of landfills.
Senate Bill 500 sponsored by Senator Dennis Olshove (D-Warren) – provides increased remedies for violations of enforcement of solid waste laws.
Senate Bill 502 sponsored by Senator Nancy Cassis (R-Novi) – provides regulations for importing solid waste.
Senate Bill 506 sponsored by Senator Bruce Patterson (R-Canton) – prohibits out-of-state or out-of-country waste unless prohibited waste has been removed or the other state or province has solid waste stream standards as stringent as Michigan’s.
Senate Bill 557 sponsored by Senator Liz Brater (D-Ann Arbor) – provides for the Department of Environmental Quality to issue landfill construction permits based on capacity need.
Senate Bill 715 sponsored by Senator Jud Gilbert (R-Algonac) – provides for county and municipal enforcement of solid waste.