Solid Waste Management Plan
Washtenaw County is currently in the process of amending its Solid Waste Management Plan. This page will contain key information on this process.
Every county in the state of Michigan is required to have an approved Solid Waste Management Plan. The main purpose of a plan is to make sure we have adequate disposal capacity for any waste generated within the county; to set goals for waste reduction and recycling; and to protect public health.
The landscape of waste and recycling has changed dramatically since the current plan was passed in 1999. The Solid Waste Planning Committee wanted to use this opportunity to update our priorities and goals. As a leader within the state, our plan should reflect the waste diversion and recycling mindset that is prevalent in our community.
Draft Solid Waste Plan Amendment
The public comment period for the draft Washtenaw County Solid Waste Plan began Friday April 21, 2017 and concluded on October 18, 2017.
The amended Washtenaw County Solid Waste Management Plan as approved by the Solid Waste Planning Committee, Washtenaw County Board of Public Works and Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners can be found here:
Resources for Local Units of Government
These resources can be used in preparation for the required presentation to your local unit of government.
- Resolution and Cover Memo
- One-page overview of Solid Waste Planning (PDF)
- Plan Executive Summary (PDF)
Plan Approval Process
Now that the plan has been developed and approved by the Solid Waste Management Planning Committee, it is entering into the approval process. The first step in approval is to make the draft amended plan available for public review for at least 90 days with a public hearing. The next step is for the Committee to recommend the draft plan amendment to the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners (BOC).
Once approved by the BOC, the draft amendment will be shared and presented to all municipalities within the county. The plan is required to receive approval from 67% of municipalities. If this approval is received, the draft amended plan is submitted to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for approval.
- Arbor Hills Answers
New website with current information about the Arbor Hills landfill, as well as an online form to report odor, traffic and other nuisance complaints
- Arbor Hills Landfill Odor Complaints and Investigation - Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
- Current Washtenaw County Solid Waste Management Plan (approved April 15, 2000)
- Draft Washtenaw County Solid Waste Plan Amendment (PDF) (dated April 21, 2017)
- Green Room Video on Ann Arbor's CTN: Bryan Weinert, Recycle Ann Arbor, and Jim Frey, Resource Recycling Systems, discuss Washtenaw County’s Solid Waste Management Plan and how it helps us to throw away less.
- July 20, 2017 Public Notice Extending Comment Period for the Amended Solid Waste Plan (PDF): The comment period will end September 18, 2017.
- June 2017 Public Notice of Proposed Permit Modification to Arbor Hills Landfill (PDF) Permit modification for changes to the liner system of the landfill; permit is not for an expansion.
- Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Guidance Document (PDF)
- PowerPoint Presentation - April 2016 Solid Waste Planning Committee Meeting (PDF)
- PowerPoint Presentation Outlining the Solid Waste Amendment Process (PDF)
- Project Timeline - updated September 2016 (PDF)
- Solid Waste Plan Timeline and Siting (PDF)