When determining a management plan for any invasive species it is of critical importance to consider the proper disposal method for each species before moving forward. Improper disposal can result in the continued spread of the plant you are trying to manage - often in entirely new places.
In the State of Michigan, there are several laws pertaining to the disposal of invasive species (see below).
Organizations engaged in invasive species eradication or control may legally dispose of invasive species in a landfill. Individuals interested in sending invasive species to a landfill may be able to coordinate with a local organization or agency engaged in landfill disposal. To find if there is a local program near you contact your regional Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) - (Section 11521(1)(i) of Part 115, Solid Waste Management, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended [NREPA])
Some invasive species pose a considerable threat to Michigan’s native ecosystems. These species are illegal to transport or possess in accordance with Part 413, Transgenic and Nonnative Organisms, of the NREPA. A list of prohibited and restricted species can be found at the State of Michigan’s Invasive Species website.
According to Section 41325(1) of Part 413 of the NREPA, all boats and boat trailers must be cleared of aquatic plants before being launched or used in Michigan waters. Additionally, all bilge water must be emptied before leaving a body of water if a boat is to be transported over land, as stated in Fisheries Order 245 (Fish Disease Control).
Despite these laws, there are still things you as a landowner can do to dispose of invasives properly! Click the button below to view the State of Michigan's Invasive Plant Disposal Guide.