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Waste Management

Our Waste Reduction Efforts

We continually strive to reduce our waste. You’ll find recycling bins throughout our facilities to keep paper, cardboard, plastic and other recyclables out of the trash. Our Jackson corporate facilities also feature composting centers for organic materials, and we use compostable serving dishes and utensils in our on-site cafeterias.

We keep tabs on our waste reduction efforts. This includes site visits evaluating the amount of waste generated and the effectiveness of trash and recycling containers. Our Green Team members are a large part of our waste reduction success. They’re spread throughout our service area and are committed to environmental sustainability in and out of the workplace.

In 2020, we decided to tie employee compensation to our waste reduction targets, and it’s working. Our employees helped us reduce trash volume by 15% from 2020 to 2021. This was partially driven by remote work during the pandemic. When we achieve our waste reduction goals, we set new targets to continue along our path to less waste.

Our efforts extend beyond our facilities. We recycle other items like rubber protective equipment including gloves and sleeves worn by our line workers. Our rubber recycling efforts can potentially provide material that can be used as primary ingredients for playground surfaces.

In the field, our waste reduction efforts include conserving and recycling soil on projects that require clearing and digging. We also fight phragmites, an invasive species that threatens the health of Michigan’s wetlands, by using innovative land-management tactics to keep the harmful grass out of landfills.

Eliminating Coal Combustion Residuals

Our Clean Energy Plan, which calls for retiring our remaining coal plants through 2025, is an industry-leading initiative that will eliminate coal combustion residuals like fly ash and bottom ash, which are produced during the energy generation process. We’ll work with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) until our plants complete a 30-year post-closure care period that includes groundwater monitoring, vegetation maintenance and other compliance requirements.

In addition to state regulations, CCRs are regulated by the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. In compliance with this law, we have provided data related to the operation and maintenance of our CCR disposal facilities on the Consumers Energy website’s CCR Rule Compliance.

Read our latest Waste and Landfill Avoidance report for more information on our efforts.