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Talking Trash - Household vs. Construction Solid Waste Guidance Under Review

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Thursday, May 3, 2018
Updated: Thursday, May 3, 2018

Last March the Senate Resources and Environment Committee directed the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and interested stakeholders to review the definitions of municipal vs. non municipal solid waste.  The Association of Idaho Cities and Idaho Association of Counties were invited to work on a stakeholder committee to develop a position to bring forward during the review.

These efforts resulted in a White Paper that outlines elements of an ongoing debate between solid waste industry professionals of Idaho as represented by the Non-Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Committee (Committee) and the solid waste regulators of Idaho related to acceptable types of waste in Non-Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (NMSWLF).  

The Committee believes DEQ’s guidance prohibits certain types of wastes from being disposed
of in NMSWLF’s that are not prohibited by federal law. By being more restrictive than the
federal law, current Idaho NMSWL guidance does not allow residents of Idaho the full flexibility
of federal laws. 

DEQ held a stakeholder meeting was held on May 3rd to review the issues raised by the Committee in the White Paper.  Comments are due by May 10th.  Future meetings and input from stakeholders and DEQ staff will be posted prior to the next meeting, now scheduled for the afternoon of June 13th.



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