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RE: [greenyes] landfill bans

SWANA has a motto..."No ban without a plan." Often there is no mechanism
in place to deal with the results of a ban. Our agency (landfill and
recycling programs) is charged with carrying out a lot of the programs
initiated by the state (and mostly we welcome that California has been
the leader in these issues). Many times we have to scramble to meet the
public demands after the state says "no" to a material in the landfill.

Heidi Feldman, Public Educ.

Monterey Regional Waste Mgt. District

From: Amy Bauman [mailto:abauman@no.address]
Sent: Tuesday, March 01, 2005 12:16 PM
To: 'Jenny Gitlitz'; 'greenyes'
Subject: RE: [greenyes] landfill bans

That's a great point, Jenny. Regulations cannot operate in isolation.
They need to be accompanied by enforcement budgets as well as
educational programming.

Likewise, banning materials before there are markets for them is
fruitless. This is beyond the original question, of course, but I'd
like to say that in the case of Massachusetts, I was extremely impressed
with the way in which the state called on a diverse group of interests
over the course of two years for input into the pending ban of certain
types of building materials from landfills. It was a collaboration
among different departments within the DEP, haulers, transfer stations,
consultants like myself, contractors,and architects.

In the end, DEP held off banning certain materials (like carpet, asphalt
shingles, and wallboard) that were deemed to have insufficient markets
to take up the slack. We continue to work as a team to explore markets
so that one day they can be added to the list. In the mean time, it's
up to people like me to find ways to divert materials back to industries
that see the value in accepting post-consumer material in as feedstock.

Amy B.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jenny Gitlitz [mailto:jenny.gitlitz@no.address]
Sent: Tuesday, March 01, 2005 2:58 PM
To: abauman@no.address; greenyes
Subject: Re: [greenyes] landfill bans

Without state and local enforcement, landfill bans are
inadequate. Here in Dalton, MA, for example, the town does not enforce
its own regs requiring pvt haulers to provide recycling; much recyclable
material ends up landfilled. Some of us are working to change this, but
there's always local politics... Landfill bans were originally a
back-door way of requiring local recycling--without being perceived as
unfunded mandates. But since the enforcement is also largely unfunded,
the onus remains on local government to act or not act when haulers
violate the ban.


Jennifer Gitlitz
Research Director, Container Recycling Institute

Home Office:
2 Pomeroy Ave.
Dalton, MA 01226
Tel. (413) 684-4746
Mobile: (413) 822-0115
Fax: (413) 403-0233
Email: jgitlitz@no.address

Please note the new address for CRI's main office:
Container Recycling Institute
1601 North Kent St., Suite 803
Arlington, VA 22209-2105
Tel. (703) 276-9800
Fax: (703) 276-9587

On 3/1/05 1:58 PM, Amy Bauman at abauman@no.address wrote:

Hi Dan -

Massachusett's DEP's language on bans begins on page four of the
document linked below

Amy Bauman
Director of Business Development
617-504-2095 (mobile)

-----Original Message-----
From: Dan De Grassi [mailto:dpw180@no.address]
Sent: Tuesday, March 01, 2005 1:08 PM
To: greenyes@no.address
Subject: [greenyes] landfill bans

Good morning. I'm looking for links to examples of local
government ordinances banning recyclables, etc. from landill disposal.
Any suggestions?

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