Senate committee passes rural waste disposal bill

By Adam Droge

SALT LAKE CITY — The Senate Natural Resources Committee passed HB13 Thursday, Feb. 6, a bill that addresses rural waste disposal.

Regarding this bill Rep. Ronda Menlove, R-Garland, said, “We’d like to protect the ability for a land owner in a very remote area of the state where there’s no trash pickup available to be able to bury waste.”

A garbage truck may not drive out to rural communities  Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

A garbage truck may not drive out to rural communities
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Menlove said that this is a simple bill with a limited scope. Restrictions she mentioned included that this is not something that can happen in an area where there is pickup available, it has to be waste the an individual produces, the waste has to be non-hazardous and the waste has to be secured on the property of the individual land owner.

Those who were opposed to this bill felt that a better solution would be to provide trash pickup to those rural areas who didn’t have the services available, claiming that would be more environmentally friendly. Sen. Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City, said that the disposal of waste in the manner that the bill suggests is happening anyways, so they are just making it legal.

The bill passed unanimously.

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