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Bill Would Allow Yard Waste In Landfills

Lawmakers are reviewing Michigan's law that prevents landfills from taking yard waste.

The Detroit News reports the state Senate's Energy and Technology Committee heard testimony Tuesday on the 1994 change that barred grass, twigs and leaves from being dumped in landfills along with regular household waste.

Republican State Senator Rick Jones of Grand Ledge is sponsoring a bill to give communities the option to send yard waste to dump sites.

The proposal would allow exceptions to the ban when yard waste can be used for energy production. The bill also would require landfill owners accepting the waste to file annual reports on gas production.

It could be discussed again next week. The proposal raised concerns it could hinder recycling and hurt composting businesses.

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