to Oppose Attacks on Recycling In America
Illinois Epa Opposes Repeal Of Ban On Landfilling Yard Waste
Waste Management and the City of Peoria are advocating that the law be repealed for a test in the local landfill. The City of Peoria's Public Works Director and a representative of Waste Management had met with the Illinois EPA to gain their support for the proposal and reported that they were "encouraged" by the agency to proceed.
Mr. Michael F. Nechvatal, Manager of the Land Pollution Division issued a letter on behalf of IEPA Director Cipriano to correct the gross mischaracterization of the agency's position that was released today by the Coalition.
In his letter dated December 19, 2001 and addressed to Mr. David Pittman, Mr. Nechvatal states:
"Our position of requiring compliance with this law [banning the landfilling of yard trimmings] has remained consistent for over a decade and continues today. We have encouraged any number of communities to provide landscape waste composting and have permitted a number of large-scale compost sites around the state. Also, we encourage home composting, mulching mowers or application at agronomic rates. Landscape waste composting accounts for a significant portion of the measurable recycled municipal waste.
to a request from local governments, another Bureau of Land manager and
I met with them, a representative of the Illinois Municipal League, an
engineering consultant and a Waste Management representative. This meeting
provided an opportunity for them to talk to us about their opinions on
the merits of placing landscape waste into certain types of landfills.
This cannot be approved by this agency without a change in existing law.
We could not have been clearer that the Bureau of Land attendees would
not recommend a policy change by the Illinois EPA to support legislation
altering the ban on landfilling landscape waste." (emphasis added)
Lemoine expressed deep concern that the IEPA's position has been misrepresented by waste officials, and stated that he hoped that the Peoria County Board would not act on this matter on whether to join the City in requesting a repeal of the existing law based upon information which is directly contrary to the facts.
PEACE and Peoria Area Greens, local organizations that are members of the Coalition, will be available for further comment at the Peoria Landfill on Thursday, January 10th at 2:00 pm as part of the tour being given by the City.
The Coalition to Oppose Attacks on Recycling in America is an alliance of 12 national, regional and local groups organized by the Grassroots Recycling Network (www.grrn.org).