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[greenyes] Deposit Law/Import Restriction Ordance Attacked
SOLID WASTE DIGEST 9/9/03

2. NSWMA, REPUBLIC FILE SUIT OVER MICHIGAN COUNTY ORDINANCE

The National Solid Wastes Management Association, together with Republic
Services of Michigan, LLC, has filed a complaint against Wayne County
(Mich.) Executive Robert A. Ficano and Wayne County over a county ordinance
which NSWMA says is explicitly aimed at impeding the disposal of
out-of-state and out-of-country waste in Wayne County landfills. The
ordinance says no landfill in Wayne County can receive waste generated from
any jurisdiction outside the county that does not have a beverage container
deposit law equivalent to that currently in effect in Michigan. Landfill
operators would be subject to fines of up to $10,000 per day and potential
imprisonment. NSWMA and Republic contend that the ordinance violates the
commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution, among other principles.

______________________________
Peter Anderson
RECYCLEWORLDS CONSULTING Corp
4513 Vernon Blvd. Suite 15
Madison, WI 53705
Ph:    (608) 231-1100
Fax:   (608) 233-0011
Cell    (608) 438-9062
email: anderson@no.address








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