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Re: E-M:/ Trash - Dumping Charge in PA Continues to Slash Garbage Imports
Reports of annual waste landfilled in Michigan are available at
These reports document the increasing problem of failing to deal with the economics of waste imports.
Comparable annual reports for waste landfilled in Pennsylvania are available at
For the Pennsylvania reports the imports data are best presented in the annual COUNTY report showing the amount of MUNICIPAL waste imported from each state, Puerto Rico and Canada.
Michigan must act before the increasing interest in shipping trash by the mile-long train load buries our ability to change our solid waste management policy.
On Aug 3, 2005, at 10:37 AM, Daniel Farough wrote:
A new report from the Pennsylvania DEP shows Pennsylvania's $7.25 per ton dumping charge continues to slash garbage imports for a 3rd year in a row. The Waste Industry in PA admits dumping charge is reason for trash decline. House Dems in Michigan call on Republicans to stop siding with the waste industry and take action to fight Canadian and out-of-state trash now.
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Waste industry says Pennsylvania dumping charge reducing garbage imports; Dems urge Republicans to act on Michigan's anti-trash billsBrad van Guilder, Ph. D.
LANSING – House Democrats today said Michigan – the nation's No. 3 importer of trash – can reduce garbage from Canada and other states if it raised its dumping charge from 21 cents per ton to $7.50, pointing to Pennsylvania's success at slashing its garbage imports thanks largely to a high dumping charge.
Since it imposed a $7.25-per-ton dumping charge in 2002, Pennsylvania – the nation's top importer of garbage – has reduced trash imports for three consecutive years, from 12.6 million tons in 2001 to 10.1 million tons in 2004, Waste News reported on Monday.
"Pennsylvania is showing us that the best way to keep our state from becoming everyone's dumping ground is to attack the economics of the trash trade, end the waste companies' free ride and make them pay dearly," said state Rep. Kathleen Law (D-Gibraltar), sponsor of the bill to raise Michigan's trash dumping charge. "Pennsylvania has reduced garbage imports for three straight years. A high dumping charge is working there. It can work in Michigan. I urge Republicans to stop stonewalling on our anti-trash bills and to act now to protect Michigan."
According to Waste News, Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association President Thomas McMonigle directly linked the decline of trash imports to the state's $7.25-per-ton dumping charge, saying: "That's kind of to be expected when you look at the increased pricing structure in Pennsylvania." Pennsylvania takes in trash from 20 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Puerto Rico.
State Rep. Herb Kehrl (D-Monroe) said Michigan, which has the lowest dumping charge in the region, must act to protect itself because surrounding states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio have dumping charges that are significantly higher than Michigan's.
"Michigan is a trash magnet because our state is dirt cheap," said Kehrl, sponsor of a bill to ban new landfills until 2010. "The trail of trash is bypassing places like Pennsylvania, Illinois and Indiana, and heading straight to our state.
"We see Michigan as our home, where we can raise families and enjoy the outdoors. Trash companies only see us as a cheap dumping ground, where they can make mountains of profits from mountains of trash. The Republicans should side with the people of Michigan, not with the powerful waste industry."
House Republicans have repeatedly pledged to kill the Democrats' anti-trash legislation, which will also return money to local communities. Republicans have twice blocked action on the bills since their introduction in May – the first time by refusing to allow the bills to come to the floor for a vote, and later, by refusing to allow debate and a record roll-call vote even after the Democrats submitted a petition that required such action under the state Constitution.
In 2004, Michigan took in more than 6 million tons of garbage from Canada and other states, a 17-percent increase from 2003. According to the Trash-O-Meter Web site, www.trash-o-meter.com, more than 3.5 million tons of garbage has entered Michigan from Jan. 1, 2005, to today.
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