West Virginia may roll back landfill ban

West Virginia may roll back landfill ban

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

West Virginia may lift a ban on disposing of electronic devices in the state, but those hoping to do so face an uphill battle.

Sen. Craig Blair, one of the bill's sponsors, told The Associated Press that the landfill ban on electronics, which was included in the state's 2010 e-scrap law, has not had the intended effect of unwanted devices toward recycling. Instead, people are now leaving used electronics on the side of the road.

"I'd love to see recycling," Blair told The AP. "But I'd rather have hazardous materials in the landfills than I would on the sides of mountains or in the creeks."

A lobbyist representing recycling and garbage hauling companies says that the state lacks the necessary infrastructure to implement the recycling program. This problem emerged shortly after West Virginia enacted its e-scrap law and efforts to repeal it were launched the year after it went into effect.

Senate Bill 449 is currently in the Senate Judiciary Committee, but a successful repeal of the state's landfill ban still faces many hurdles.

Those opposed to a landfill ban for electronics in the state tried once before in 2011 to lift the ban, and sources speaking with E-Scrap News said most solid waste authorities and local jurisdictions are pushing to keep the ban in place.

Furthermore, SB 449 would need to clear the Senate Judiciary Committee and move into the House of Representatives by the end of the first week in April for the bill to have a chance of passing both chambers by the end of the legislative session. The West Virginia legislature is scheduled to adjourn April 13.

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