Counties Oppose Forced Composting to Select Facilities

MACo Policy Associate Alex Butler testified February 19, 2020 to oppose HB 589 – Solid Waste Management – Organics Recycling and Waste Diversion – Food Residuals. This bill would require facilities that generate specified amounts of food residuals, starting with two tons per week in 2021, to use composting facilities located within 30 miles of the facility.

From MACo Testimony:

Mandating the use of these composting facilities could lead to price gouging as food residual generators do not have another cost-effective option for disposal. Since generators are required to send their residuals to these facilities, there is a strong probability that facilities will increase prices when the artificial demand for their services rises as an effect of this mandate.

MACo opposes the bill as written, but understands the sponsor intends to submit amendments that may remove county opposition.

Follow MACo’s advocacy efforts during the 2020 legislative session on MACo’s Legislative Tracking Database.