Michigan Republican Representative David Palsrok, chairman of the Michigan Legislature’s House environment committee, says he will not take up a proposed five bill Democrat legislative package that would increase a surcharge on Michigan tip fees from the current US 21 cents to $7.50 per tonne for waste. The proposed fee hike sought to curtail Canadian shipments to that state.
Palsrok was concerned about the negative economic impact of such tip fees on local residents and businesses, who would be subject to the fees, which Canadian waste generators and haulers might escape since many already hold long-term contracts with state landfills.
Palsrok said that legislation passed last year already somewhat leveled the playing field, since out-of-state waste generators must follow the same prohibitions as Michigan in order to ship waste there. The rules prevent the landfilling of hazardous waste and certain recyclable materials.