October 28, 2004

York Region passes by-laws to comply with Michigan waste regulations

NEWMARKET – York Regional Council approved two by-laws prohibiting 12 types of waste from disposal at the Region’s transfer stations.  The by-laws will help to ensure that York Region’s trash meets new legislative requirements for waste imposed by the State of Michigan.
 
“York Region is committed to complying with the new waste regulations legislated by the State of Michigan,” said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.  “We are also committed to reducing reliance on landfills over the long-term by expanding our recycling programs and implementing Region-wide composting.”
 
On March 29, 2004, the Governor of Michigan signed 11 “Public Acts” that amended the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act of the Michigan Legislature, prohibiting a number of materials from entering its landfills.  Enforcement of these prohibitions is anticipated to take place on November 1, 2004, pending a legal hearing. 
 
The new regulations prohibit the following waste types:
 
• Used deposit beverage containers • Low-level radioactive waste
• Whole motor vehicle tires • Hazardous waste
• Used oil • Liquid waste
• Lead acid batteries • Sewage
• Yard clippings • PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls)
• Medical waste • Asbestos
 
As required in the new legislation, York Region submitted applications this summer to continue to send waste to Michigan.  The Region was granted permission to continue sending its residential waste, with the exception of co-mingled industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) waste as ICI material is not regulated in the same manner as residential waste in York Region.
 

“It is important for the Region to ensure compliance with the new Michigan waste standards,” said Georgina Regional Councillor Danny Wheeler, Chair of the Region’s Solid Waste Management Committee.  “The restrictions on waste types in this new by-law will help to ensure that we fulfil our obligations under this new legislation.”
 
The Region anticipates that with the new by-law prohibitions in place, Michigan will continue to allow the shipment of co-mingled waste from transfer stations.
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, the services we offer and links to our nine area municipalities, please visit our Web site at: www.york.ca
 
 
 
Contact:   Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
- (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1232
- Email: michael.kemp@york.ca


 
 
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