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Plan Would Dump Cash From Michigan Landfill Fee Into Cleanups

Jan. 31, 2018, 4:36 PMUpdated: Jan. 31, 2018, 8:26 PM

A sharp increase in Michigan’s dumping fees would fund cleanup of polluted water and other environmental projects under a $79 million proposal from Gov. Rick Snyder (R).

The plan would increase the state’s region-low 36 cents per ton “tipping fee” to $4.75 per ton. The low fee encouraged neighboring states and Canada to send trash to Michigan, accounting for about a quarter of the trash in the Wolverine State.

Snyder said in a Jan. 30 statement that the fee increase would provide $15 million in recycling grants and $5 million for reducing pollution in Lake Erie and the...

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