High Court Trash

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gavel1.jpg  If only blogs had budgets!

Man do I wish I could afford the SWANA special e-session breaking down the implications of United Haulers Association v. Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Management Authority!  While it doesn’t have a historically punchy name like Roe v. Wade, Brown v. the Board of Education or Griswold v. Connecticut, Oneida-Herkimer is one for the trash textbooks.  The decision ruled that it’s ok for communities to insist that trash collected locally be directed to nearby dumps in an effort to encourage recycling and reduce truck trips and traffic. 

Solid waste export companies claim such local laws unfairly discriminate against interstate trade and their right to make a dime.  In an earlier case involving a private local dump, the Court had ruled that it was unfair for cities to insist that trash be dumped in one spot over another.  This latest case involved a public dump, which may have been the necessary difference in opening the Justices eyes to the environmental side of the argument.  I say ‘may have’ because I’m not sure.  The analysis is locked, beyond my reach on an expensive site.  Sit tight my budget readers, I’ll try to find us some free legal advice.

One Response to “High Court Trash”

  1. Brown Vs Board Of Education » Brown Vs Board Of Education May 23, 2007 8:39 am Says:

    […] High Court Trash While it doesn?t have a historically punchy name like Roe v. Wade, Brown v. the Board of Education or Griswold v. Connecticut, Oneida-Herkimer is one for the trash textbooks. The decision ruled that it?s ok for communities to insist … […]

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