Michigan gets unprecedented $15M boost for recycling in lame duck surprise

Read the full story at Waste Dive.

Former Gov. Rick Snyder’s $69 million Renew Michigan initiative managed to secure funding from the state legislature in December. Rather than raising landfill fees, as originally proposed, legislators reached a compromise to cover the expense with new online sales tax revenue.

Per HB 4991, state recycling efforts will receive an estimated $15 million in additional funding every year (up from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s estimated $2 million budget for FY19). The remaining $45 million will go to brownfield remediation, and $9 million will go to landfill oversight.

According to the Michigan Recycling Coalition (MRC), potential priorities include market development, education/outreach campaigns and infrastructure improvement. Now, attention is focused on passing an update to Michigan’s Part 115 solid waste regulations (circa 1994) to better shape long-term planning.

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