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Michigan Recycling and Solid Waste Information

Michigan’s Solid Waste Policy of 2007 sets a 50% waste diversion goal

Michigan set a goal in 2007 to achieve a 50% recycling and waste utilization goal by 2015. In 2007, Michigan’s recycling rate was approximately 20%, and it hasn’t changed much over the next seven years.

The State also has a goal of all residents having convenient access to recycling. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) states about 25 of 83 Michigan counties currently have “convenient access” to curbside recycling or recycling drop off station. 

Boosting recycling rates to just 30% could bring 13,000 new jobs to the state

Governor Snyder set a 15-point recycling plan into place in 2014 that aims to double recycling rates statewide. Experts estimate that the plan could bring more than 13,000 recycling-related jobs to the state.

Michigan ranks seventh out of the eight Great Lakes states in terms of recycling rates (2008). The plan hopes to change all that.

Certain materials and debris are prohibited from Michigan landfills

By law, you must follow certain state rules and statutes set by the DEQ relating to landfilling certain materials. Some of the debris prohibited from landfills or that require special landfilling include:

  • Medical wastes
  • Lead acid batteries
  • Asbestos
  • Used oil
  • Excessive used beverage containers
  • Excessive number of tires

See the full list of materials and debris and how to properly dispose of each at the following link:


Common waste violations in Michigan

There are a number of common solid waste violations to be aware of to avoid fines and other penalties. For example, you may not bury inert debris (e.g. trees, stumps, debris from land clearing) within four feet of the groundwater table or in a floodplain or wetland area.

Here are some links to common solid waste violations:

Learn about other solid waste violations.

Tips for renting a roll-off dumpster in Michigan

5 most common dumpster styles

Commercial dumpsters – Businesses use these dumpsters for weekly or monthly garbage hauling service. They are not for temporary use.

Roll-off dumpsters – These are the containers you rent for temporary uses, such as household cleanouts, roofing projects or commercial construction.

Trailer dumpsters – Used by some dumpster rental companies, these trailers are used similarly to roll-off dumpsters but are different in that they are on wheels – this offers the benefit of being easier on your driveway.

Bag-style containers – These small bins are made from durable fabrics and plastics and range in size from 1 to 3 cubic yards and hold less than 2 tons of debris. The “Bagster” container is one such dumpster.

Lowboy dumpsters – Similar to traditional roll-off dumpsters but with low sides, making it ideal for loading heavier debris, such as dirt, roofing material, concrete, tiles and masonry.

Information about dumpster rental weight limits and overage charges

Dumpster rental providers typically put a cap on the amount of weight you can load into a dumpster due to the fact it costs them more money to dump heavier loads at local landfills. This weight limit can range from 1 ton (2,000 lbs.) to 8 tons (16,000 lbs.) or more.

Overage fees typically range between $50 per ton and $100 per ton. For example, if the weight allowance is 2,000 lbs. and your load weighs in at 2,500 lbs., you’d owe an additional 1 ton of overage charges at the $50 to $100 rate, or whatever rate your dumpster rental agreement specifies.

TIP: Be particularly careful of going over the allotted weight limit when dealing with heavier debris, such as concrete, roofing shingles, dirt or masonry.