More garbage from Canada coming into Michigan

Feb 14, 2014

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan residents were responsible for less garbage dumped last fiscal year in state landfills, but Canadian trash transported across the border increased. 

Credit reports that Michigan landfills took in about 45 million cubic yards of trash through the end of September 2013 -- up 1.4 percent from the previous year.

A state Department of Environmental Quality report released Thursday says landfill garbage from inside the state dropped by a half-percent. Trash from Canada increased by 13 percent.

Canadian trash makes up about 17 percent of garbage in Michigan landfills. Six percent comes from other states.

Michigan landfills charge relatively low rates for dumping.

Trash imported from Canada is down 36 percent since 2006. Over that time, the amount of waste in Michigan landfills has dropped by nearly 30 percent.