Banning Organics from Landfills

Protect Michigan’s Yard Debris Landfill Ban

>>>BREAKING NEWS<<< Michigan composters and their allies are once again fighting a ban repeal.  HB 5659 would seriously weaken the state’s longstanding ban on landfill disposal of segregated yard trimmings by exempting landfills with gas recovery systems.

MICHIGAN RESIDENTS: CLICK HERE TO SEE A MESSAGE FROM THE MI RECYCLING COALITION YOU CAN USE TO URGE YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVES TO OPPOSE HB 5659.

This bill would hurt the composting industry in Michigan and increase pollution from waste. Read more on why these bills should be rejected. Also visit the Michigan Recycling Coalition’s Policy web site for its position statement and analysis on why these exemption bills should be defeated.

USCC supports bans on disposing of food residuals; Opposes the Weakening of Yard Debris Bans

Attempts to repeal long-standing bans on the disposal of leaves and other yard debris in landfills have subsided in recent years, but are never far away.  We fully anticipate that these fights to continue in the future. To fight these repeals, we are taking a two-pronged approach. First and foremost we work with groups within the affected states to lobby the legislatures and rally their supporters, because each state’s needs are unique and the issues and strategies are different. If you see similar issues arise in other states, please alert our Legislative and Environmental Affairs Committee staff liaison, Cary Oshins, by email to cary.oshins@compostingcouncil.org or by phone at 484-547-1521.

At the same time we are raising national awareness on these issues and why they are shortsighted and misguided. More importantly, we are starting to work PROACTIVELY to introduce legislation that will support expansion of the organics recycling industry. Recently California, Massachusetts, Vermont and Connecticut plus New York City have all introduced policies to increase organics recycling and reduce disposal. We will work with like-minded organizations to support these and identify other states and municipalities where such progressive rules can be fostered.

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