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RE: [greenyes] landfill bans

Re: [greenyes] landfill bansThat'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

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