Canada Ships More Dirty Diapers and Trash to Michigan


Over the years, Michigan has promoted itself as the Great Lakes State and Michigan Wonderland.

But in some circles it's also known as "landfill-friendly" and "trash friendly."

After years of decline, Canada's dirty diapers, coffee grounds and banana peels are once again being trucked to Michigan in a major way, reports Keith Matheny of the Detroit Free Press, who writes that Michigan's abundant landfills and low fees make it a preferred destination for trash from other states and other countries.

"Michigan has made its regulations as landfill-friendly and trash-friendly as any state in the country," says Mike Garfield, executive director of The Ecology Center, an Ann Arbor-based environmental nonprofit.

The amount of Canadian solid waste imported to Michigan jumped 19 percent from fiscal year 2016 to fiscal year 2017, the Freep reports.

Read more:  Detroit Free Press

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