Banning certain material from disposal is a tried and true policy that as been used in many states to promote recycling and reduce the environmental impacts of landfilling.
Landfill bans on compostables like leaves, brush and grass has helped stimulate and support the composting industry, bringing economic as well as environmental benefits. Currently 22 states have some sort of landfill ban.
In order to assist composters in states with existing bans on landfilling yard debris fend off legislation to repeal those bans, the USCC has established a matching funds program. The funds are to be used to hire a lobbyist and support activities specific to that state’s fight. They are available first to a state-based composting organization (or state-based recycling organization with an organics/composting committee), but if such an organization is not available then an individual USCC member can apply for the funds.
In 2010, the first year of the program, the funds were used in Georgia and Florida. In Georgia the repeal was defeated. In Florida it passed the legislature, was vetoed by the governor, but then the veto was overridden, so it went into effect. In 2011 the Georgia legislature did pass the repeal, though the USCC-supported lobbyist did help nearly defeat it again.
To apply for the funds, download the application form and the blank MOU.
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