Solid Waste Planning Committee

The Washtenaw County Solid Waste Planning Committee has the authority to stop the new landfill in Salem Township. The only way to convince them to vote against it is to attend the meetings and state our case.  Meeting details | Agendas, minutes

Review Washtenaw County’s last solid waste plan update. It took two years for final approval from the DEQ.

Contact Diane Heidt to confirm meeting details at (734) 222-6800.

Review the timeline.

Plan approval process

Once the plan has been developed and approved by the Solid Waste Management Planning Committee, it will then enter 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.


January 13, 2016 — We did not attend because we weren’t aware of this committee at the time.

February 10, 2016 — General discussion on the research each person is doing and what data they have to date. They are discussing solid waste disposal for the next 10 years.

March 9, 2016  (CANCELLED)

April 13, 2016Meeting slides present county-wide recycling and trash data. Data shows Washtenaw County accounts for only 10% of  Arbor Hills’ trash. Committee confirms it has no authority to shut down Arbor Hills or issue violations — that’s up to the DEQ. The committee wants to present its solid waste plan by October.  Meeting minutes

May 11, 2016 —  Committee chair confirms Arbor Hills needs eight votes from the solid waste planning committee to approve its landfill expansion. Advanced Disposal gets one vote, Waste Management gets one vote and the Salem Twp. supervisor gets one vote, as do representatives from Washtenaw County’s recycling program. Washtenaw County and Salem Township receive millions of dollars from Arbor Hills. Washtenaw pays for its recycling program with money from the landfill. Two of three general public seats on the committee are vacant.
Meeting agenda | Meeting minutes

June 8, 2016 — The committee swore in two new general public members: John Ford and  John Spurr. See the committee list. The committee changed its public comment process so Stop Arbor Hills has to wait until the end of meetings to speak. If you watch the video below, jump to 2:01:56 to see our comments.

We covered demographic changes in Northville Township, complete with large aerial photos, violations and how they affect neighboring homes and schools and we commented on safety issues at Arbor Hills Landfill. Meeting agenda

July 13, 2016 — We presented a video that demonstrated just how close the new dump will be to parks, a school and homes. We also shared photos and anecdotes regarding dump truck traffic. “Our” public comments start at the 2:03:45 mark.

August 10, 2016 — Goals and objectives were again discussed and outlined.  Public comment at the beginning and end of the meeting  stressed the negative impact of a new landfill north of Six Mile on residents including the health and safety concerns.  Northville township and school board, two doctors and an environmental engineer weighed in.

September 14, 2016 — Advanced Disposal reads its press release announcing it has paused its expansion plans.

October 12, 2016 — Discussion of what wording should be put in the Solid Waste Plan for the County regarding future expansion of landfills in the County.  Homework for the board was to look at wording in other counties in Michigan.

November 9, 2016 — The committee says some counties exclude new landfills from their plan. Speakers urged them to do that.

December 14, 2016 — Committee states they will include landfill siting criteria in their plan. They reviewed an expedited process flow for siting new facilities in Washtenaw County. Northville Board of Education’s Matt Wilk and Roland Hwang spoke, as did Northville Twp. Board of Trustees Fred Shadko and Marjorie Banner. Other notable attendees included Nancy Shiffler, Huron Valley Sierra Club president, Michelle Deatrick, the newly elected commissioner who represents Salem Township, Dr. Jason Domina, a cancer physician at Karmanos Cancer Center and Mario Sciberras, President and CEO of Saline Lectronics, a Washtenaw County manufacturer. Many Steeplechase of Northville residents attended, including their Homeowners Association president and another board member.

Jan. 11, 2017 — More than 50 Northville and Salem township residents attended, including a Ridge Wood Elementary Girl Scout troop leader,  Northville Twp. Supervisor Box Nix,  trustees Margie Banner and Fred Shadko, Washtenaw County Board of Trustees member Michelle Deatrick and Northville High School students.


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