Wheeler Compost Bill Pushes Through House Committee

HB 437 will authorize municipalities and counties to approve one-day compostable waste collection events. Creation of these one-day events, which will be operated in a manner similar to one-day yard sale event days, will encourage homeowners to work with compostable waste collectors to turn their yard waste and compostable household garbage into useful materials.

As more and more communities ban the burning of leaves and lawn waste, homeowners are facing challenges. In some cases, the anaerobic bacteria active in the final stage of a compost pile can create odors, and the compost pile is not acceptable to neighbors. A neighborhood compostable collection program can move the final stage of the composting process into a low-density residential area and help create a compost chain that will be acceptable to all parties. HB 437 was unanimously approved by the House Environment Committee on Tuesday, March 17. The bill now goes to the full House for further discussion and debate.

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