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DEQ task force re-thinking trash rules

Plans are getting underway to send less trash to landfills in Michigan and find more ways to re-use it.

The task force plans a hearing in Lansing tomorrow.

Sean Hammond of the Michigan Environmental Council serves on the task force.

He says the idea is that a lot of what is currently tossed out as trash be converted to a new use, composted, or re-cycled into energy or new products.

“So it’s not waste anymore, but a lot of it has value. Your yard waste has value as compost or in anaerobic digestion or your recycling has value in terms of making new products.”

Hammond says this the first big overhaul of Michigan’s solid waste plan in two decades.

Another task force is focused specifically on recycling.

Hammond says that will require re-thinking how trash is collected and re-distributed afterward.

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