Data provides the backbone to materials management framework and planning in the state.  Without data, EGLE would not be able to answer these types of questions:

  • What materials management services currently exist in Michigan? 
  • What areas are underserved when it comes to recycling? 
  • Where are model programs and how might they be replicated in other communities?  
  • Where are facilities to process and manufacture recyclables and organics? 
  • Where are opportunities for collaboration?

Investing in data collection now is necessary to make informed decisions for the future and allow the state to propel forward related to waste and recycling. 

Mega Data Collection Project of 2020

Never before has Michigan embarked on such a large data collection project in order to document and inventory the current state of materials management systems in all municipalities within Michigan's 83 counties.  The primary objective for the Mega Data Collection Project is to provide the baseline of data necessary for counties to develop future materials management plans* and provide a roadmap for materials management moving forward.

EGLE has contracted with Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) to assist with data collection, which will begin in May 2020 with a focus on municipalities, counties, haulers and materials management facilities.  An online survey tool has been created for use by municipalities and counties.

Would you like to provide information or have questions?  Please contact the Sustainable Materials Management Unit at

Survey Link - Click here to access the Municipal and County survey registration.

Using ReTRAC Survey Tools

Training Videos and Guide:

Ongoing Data Collection

EGLE is developing a series of online reporting tools to ensure easy and consistent data entry to support materials management in the state.  These tools will be available once the 2020 Mega Data Initiative has been completed.


*While no specific timing for the call for plan updates, the online data entry process utilized here by municipalities will automate data to streamline the future process.