According to the U.S.-based Waste Business Journal (www.wastebusinessjournal.com), an Ohio judge ruled that the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Solid Waste District has the power to exclude waste from outside counties — specifically Summit and Cuyahoga counties — if they fail to recycle as much waste as that of the district.
Initially, the National Solid Waste management Association (NSWMA) filed a lawsuit challenging the validity of such a law. Ultimately Judge Richard D. Reinbold ruled in favor saying that the district was “within its rights” but delayed enactment of the rule from January 1 until June 1, 2009. NSWMA general counsel David Biderman said the group was “disappointed generally” with the decision and is considering an appeal.
There are many controversial aspects of the ruling, not the least of which is how and what constitutes a valid recycling number.
The three-county district took in about 3.5 million tons of trash in 2005: 900,000 tons from its three counties; 520,000 tons from out of state; and, two million tons from other Ohio counties.
Stark County hosts three of the four district landfills: the American Landfill in Sandy Township, the Countywide Recycling and Disposal Facility in Pike Township, and the Mt. Eaton Landfill in Navarre. Tuscarawas hosts the Kimble Sanitary Landfill in Dover.
for more information, visit:
Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Joint Solid Waste Management District at www.timetorecycle.org
National Solid Waste management Association at www.nswma.org