LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Those hoping to continue the practice of dumping trash in Michigan landfills may see a spike in cost per tonnage under Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s latest $80.7 billion state budget proposal released last Wednesday. 

What’s a “tipping fee?”

By increasing Michigan’s “tipping fee,” it would raise the state’s rates to be more aligned with the Midwest average according to Gov. Whitmer, and would contribute additional funding for other projects such as cleanup sites. 

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Currently, the cost per ton of solid waste is 36 cents per ton, but would rise to $5 a ton, which would generate an estimated $80 million more annually for recycling programs. 

“Michigan is currently grappling with a multifaceted environmental challenge characterized by the deposition of significant volumes of out-of-state waste, escalating greenhouse gas emissions, and straining the limited lifespans of existing landfills,” said Gov. Whitmer’s State Budget Office in a report on the proposed increase.

Some groups weigh in on the plan. 

The Michigan Waste and Recycling Association revealed that it was looking over the proposal. 

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“This proposal is initially concerning due to the impact it would have on all Michiganders,” the group said in a statement Thursday. “An increase of this magnitude would add costs to virtually every household and business in the state, as well as local governments, hospitals, public safety organizations and school districts.”

The Advanced Waste Solutions, a group focused on long-term recycling and waste solutions, underscored this would account for more than a 1200% increase in costs affecting more than just the U.S. 

“For Ontario-based companies, this could mean significantly higher disposal costs, potentially affecting operational expenses and competitiveness,” the group said in a statement. “It may necessitate exploring alternative disposal sites, investing in waste reduction technologies, or passing increased costs onto customers. This development underscores the importance of tackling Ontario’s Landfill Capacity crisis immediately.”

The Fiscal Year Budget 2025 builds upon 2024.

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Gov. Whitmer’s new budget proposal eclipsed the $80 billion mark, more than $1 billion higher than last year’s budget.