Preserving and Promoting Bans on Landfilling Yard Trimmings

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USCC Webinar: Preserving and Promoting Bans on Landfilling Yard Trimmings

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Landfill bans can be an effective public policy to stimulate markets for recyclables. Many states put ban on leaves and other yard debris in place in the early 1990’s leading to the development on 100’s of compost facilities. Now those bans have come under attack, leading to actual repeals in Georgia and Florida over the last two years.

In this webinar we’ll explore some of the history of yard debris bans, where have they worked and where not. Why have they come under attack and how can we refute the arguments for repeal? What strategies can composters and environmental activists use to fight for these bans? With state legislatures getting ready to come back for their fall sessions now is the time to start getting organized and get proactive.

Featured speakers:

Rebecca Geraty, St. Louis Composting: History and Benefits

Ms. Geraty will provide an overview of landfill bans on organics, looking at their history, success, issues and status. She will also look at how Missouri’s ban had fostered the growth of her company, St. Louis Composting, and what they are doing to fend off attempts to repeal the ban in Missouri and nearby states.

In 1992 eco-enthusiast Rebecca Geraty founded St. Louis Composting with her husband Patrick. Since then St. Louis Composting has blossomed into the region’s largest compost producer. Together, their four composting facilities process roughly 500,000 cubic yards of green material annually – more than one-third of all yard waste generated in St. Louis County. The mission of this husband-and-wife team is to help make the world a little greener and reduce landfill waste by producing compost of the highest quality. Rebecca is now chair of the USCC’s Legislative and Environmental Affairs Committee, and has been active in fighting to preserve bans in her home state and around the country.

J.D. Lindeberg, Resource Recycling Systems: Michigan Case Study and Lessons Learned

Mr. Lindeberg will explain how he and others have successfully turned back ban repeal attempts in Michigan for several years running.

JD Lindeberg, P.E., Principal and CFO, Resource Recycling Systems
JD has expert practical knowledge in composting, biomass energy systems, capital project planning, design engineering and “green” housing projects. He has been instrumental in the development of the organics recovery infrastructure in both the State of Michigan as well as across the United States. He has served as a member of the board of directors of the US Composting Council. JD has extensive experience testifying as an expert witness on the behalf of composting facilities and in defense of Michigan’s landfill ban. Finally, he has been a tireless advocate for making the connection between quality soils, organic foods, and beneficial reuse of recovered food waste.

Jill Johnson, Live Oak Strategies, LLC: Tips from an insider

Though ultimately repealed, Ms. Johnson helped Georgia composters nearly succeed against heavy odds in saving the ban in that state. She will provide advice on strategies to implement both before and after repeal legislation is proposed.

Jill serves her clients in government and public affairs, public and media relations, strategic planning, and fundraising. Jill previously worked as Political Director for Georgia Conservation Voters. She has more than a decade of experience working in advocacy with non-profit organizations on environmental and civil justice issues.

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