Solid Waste Industry Pleased with Indiana Recycling Legislation

INDIANAPOLIS, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Indiana will soon begin
reporting the annual volume of recyclable materials diverted from landfills, as
legislation (H.B. 1183) authored by State Rep. David Wolkins (R-Warsaw) will be
signed by Gov. Mike Pence in the next few days.

Members of the National Waste & Recycling Association (Waste &
Recycling)–including landfill operators and solid waste haulers–participated
in the development of the bill, in cooperation with several representatives of
the environmental and industrial communities. Waste & Recycling representatives
brought a model draft bill from Michigan to Indiana legislative leaders, leading
to the introduction of H.B. 1183, which was recently approved by the

“My colleagues and I appreciate the help of the National Waste & Recycling
Association in making this bill a reality,” Rep. Wolkins said.

Beginning in 2015, recyclers will report to the Indiana Department of
Environmental Management (IDEM), on an annual basis, how much municipal waste is
collected in Indiana. Materials reported to IDEM will include glass, paper,
plastic and metals. In turn, IDEM will begin reporting to the Legislature on the
volumes of recyclable materials collected.

Recycling is a major part of the modern solid waste business profile. Providing
recycling in communities is a competitive part of securing waste disposal
contracts with municipalities.

“The waste industry has changed significantly over the last 20 years. Recycling
is now an integral part of our business,” said Terry Guerin, president of the
Indiana Chapter of the National Waste & Recycling Association. “Michigan is on a
similar track; we were pleased we could get a version into law in Indiana so
quickly. This legislation will help Indiana lawmakers develop common sense
approaches to increasing the state’s recycling rate in the coming years.

“Unfortunately, the scope of this legislation originally included reporting from
industrial and incinerator sectors, but those groups were removed from the
bill,” Guerin said. “Inclusion of those sectors is vital if we are to understand
exactly how well we are doing. We will be back next year.”

The National Waste & Recycling Association is the trade association that
represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association
members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that collect and
manage garbage, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and
distributors and a variety of other service providers. For more information
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