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State & Local Issues
NWRA's state and local advocacy issues include "Slow Down to Get Around," Flow Control, Just Compensation, and Privatization.
Effective Responses to Emerging Waste Management Technology Proposals
The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) announced the development of a briefing for elected officials on emerging waste management technology. This brief, entitled “Effective Responses to Emerging Waste Management Technology Proposals,” was developed to provide municipal leaders with the process and resources necessary to make informed decisions when considering unsolicited proposals, unfamiliar technologies or both.
The brief includes a checklist to assist decision-makers in their evaluation of opportunities that utilize emerging waste technologies or that use existing management technology in new applications as part of an environmental services program. This document will help elected officials identify and understand the associated risks and challenges of the new waste management options. The brief and the checklist are available for download.
Slow Down to Get Around
Careless driving by motorists puts waste and recycling collectors at risk every day, according to results of a 2014 Harris Poll survey. The survey found that Americans were more likely “to speed around garbage trucks than any other service vehicle.” The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that refuse and recycling collectors have the fifth highest work injury rate compared to other occupations.
The National Waste & Recycling Association and its partners, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Rumpke Consolidated Cos. and McNeilus Cos., have promoted careful driving around garbage trucks through the Slow Down to Get Around program.
NWRA and its allies have been working with state legislatures to pass laws to protect these workers.
NWRA’s Slow Down to Get Around is a national safety campaign that reminds motorists to drive more carefully when near waste and recycling collection vehicles. Currently, the NWRA has helped pass Slow Down to Get Around legislation in 12 states. Additionally, six more states are being targeted to pass this crucial legislation.
For more information about Slow Down to Get Around legislation, please contact Kevin Kraushaar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The term flow control refers to governmental laws or policies that require or encourage waste materials to be disposed at designated disposal facilities (landfills, transfer stations or incinerators). Many local governments engage in flow control to ensure they collect the revenue associated with the disposal of solid waste. In 1994, the United States Supreme Court declared that flow control violated the U.S. Constitution, but in April 2007, the court narrowed that decision and stated that local governments are permitted to engage in flow control to government-owned and operated disposal facilities under specific circumstances.
Local waste generators and waste companies challenge flow control because it often increases costs without any corresponding benefits. The practice adversely affects solid waste haulers, who prefer to choose from competitive facilities based on cost and service, or who prefer to use their own disposal facilities, with certainty that all environmental protections are being met. Landfill owners, who would receive waste (and revenue) in the absence of flow control, also oppose the policy.
The National Waste & Recycling Association opposes Flow Control policies. The Association believes that government should not restrict the free movement of solid waste because such restrictions lead to higher costs for everyone. Flow control is anti-competitive. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Report to Congress on Flow Control and Municipal Solid Waste, flow control does not provide additional human health or environmental benefits and is not essential for developing MSW management capacity or for achieving recycling goals. The Association has prepared a factsheet that summarizes our opposition to flow control.