AMEND HB 274 to keep yard trimmings out of our landfills
As your constituent, I urge you to AMEND HB 274 to continue to keep yard trimmings out of our landfills. Weakening the ban on dumping yard trimmings in landfills could unnecessarily add 1.5 million tons of recyclable material to Georgia landfills every year.
We need to support Georgia’s recycling and compost industries. Georgia small businesses and local governments have invested millions of dollars in separate disposal of yard trimmings. U.S. EPA found that they employ five times as many people and pay them about $1,500 more than the waste management industry.
HB 274 would not significantly increase renewable energy production, as proponents claim. Tree limbs and woody waste take decades to decay. Instead of taking up space in our landfills, this organic matter could be useful immediately on our gardens and farms.
HB 274 could also result in higher levels of out-of-state waste being dumped into Georgia landfills. With the Alabama Governor's recent moratorium on new mega-landfills, now is not the time for Georgia to rollback effective protections that have extended the life of landfills across our state.
I urge you to AMEND HB 274 to keep yard trimmings out of our landfills.
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