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.

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.