Rural waste burial may get state OK

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 2:43 PM

Antone Clark, Standard-Examiner Correspondent

SALT LAKE CITY — Legislation is in the works giving people in rural areas where there is no garbage disposal service the ability to bury their waste.

Inspired by concerns raised by constituents in western Box Elder County, Rep. Ronda Menlove will sponsor a bill for the 2014 legislative session, giving people the ability to legally dispose of their waste by burying it, in areas where there is no waste pickup service.

Menlove gave an overview of the measure during a meeting of the natural resources committee this week.

She said several residents raised concerns about waste disposal and she said research showed new federal guidelines prohibit the burning of the waste, but they do not inhibit burying that waste. She talked with officials from the state’s Department of Solid and Hazardous Waste in chasing answers as to what is legal and what is not. She said the legislation will include the ability to bury waste on site, in a designated area, in state code.

Menlove insists the measure is being enacted to protect residents, not to impose limits on them.

“It’s all being done in an orderly and clean manner. These are great stewards of the land,” Menlove said.

Rep. Michael Noel, R-Kanab, said he likes the legislation and how it addresses the issue for rural residents of the state.

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