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Michigan is currently the third-largest importer of trash in the nation, with over a quarter of landfilled trash coming from out of state, but the State legislature may act to stop that. From the Detroit News
In a plan that has already drawn fire from business interests, House Democrats want to scare Canada and other trash exporters from Michigan by making dumping costs among the highest in the nation. The plan would increase tipping fees for all trash to $7.50 a ton from 21 cents a ton.
The Michigan Waste Industries Association is apparently calling the plan “unconstitutional”, and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce has also lined up against the measure. Interesting that business is opposing an environmental plan that uses market forces (increasing the cost of dumping) to achieve its goals, isn’t it? One would think that they would laud such a move as giving people and businesses the choice of paying to continue to throw things away or to become more efficient and generate less waste.
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