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Welcome to the Border Center WasteWatcher

This site provides compliance assistance information forthose involved in moving solid waste across the U.S.-Canadian Border, with an initial focus on municipal solid waste being exported from Ontario into Michigan. The Border Center WasteWatcher serves the following user groups:

  • municipalities and other generators of solid waste
  • importers and exporters
  • transporters
  • members of the general public seeking information about the issues and the regulations

We welcome any suggestions you may have to improve this site.


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The Border Center, which is maintained by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), is one of the Compliance Assistance Centers developed with support from EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assistance (OECA). For more information, contact the Border Center Director, Lisa Stobierski.

The information contained in this site is provided for your review and convenience. It is not intended to provide legal advice with respect to any federal, state, or local regulation. You should consult with legal counsel and appropriate authorities before interpreting any regulations or undertaking any specific course of action.

Please note that many of the regulatory discussions on Border Center refer to federal regulations. In many cases, states or local governments have promulgated relevant rules and standards that are different and/or more stringent than the federal regulations. Therefore, to assure full compliance, you should investigate and comply with all applicable federal, state and local regulations.

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