Call for trash and recycling data from municipalities – EGLE Mega Data Project

Posted on July 9, 2020 by Dene Westbrook

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) recently launched a new data collection initiative, known as the Mega Data Project. EGLE is seeking information from ALL municipalities that manage waste, recycling, and organics programs.

The data will be used to help EGLE (and your county) make informed decisions for funding and expanding materials management opportunities across Michigan, including reuse, recycling, composting, and other waste diversion activities. The data you provide is important for future planning and will help counties develop future Materials Management Plans.

To assist municipalities in providing this information, EGLE has developed an online survey where you can tell us about your trash, organics, and recycling programs. By completing this survey, municipalities will have access to analytics highlighting their materials management programs’  strengths, where gaps exist, potential improvements in service, and other opportunities. For more information on how to complete the survey visit

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request

As part of the EGLE Mega Data Project, all cities, villages, and townships across the state received a request from Robert Davis of Davis, Burket, Savage Listman, a contractor assisting with collecting information about materials management activities. The requests, mailed in mid May 2020, asked for a copy of all current local ordinances, contracts, and host community agreements in place for providing recycling, disposal, and composting programs to municipalities.

EGLE encourages municipalities to fulfill the FOIA request to help in expanding material management opportunities across Michigan.  If you did not receive this request and would like to contribute your community’s information, please contact us via the information below.

For questions or additional information on the EGLE Mega Data Project or the FOIA request, please contact us at [email protected] or 800-662-9278.

Herasanna Richards is a legislative associate handling energy, environmental, elections, and external municipal services for the League. She can be reached at [email protected] or 517-908-0309.

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