MAY 2009

South Carolina approves temporary landfill ban

The South Carolina Senate has approved legislation that would temporarily ban the construction and expansion of large landfills in South Carolina.

If approved by the House of Representatives, this two year ban would give state lawmakers time to review and revise the state’s solid waste disposal regulations.

While the proposed ban makes its way through the legislative process, a workgroup will continue to evaluate the state’s municipal solid waste (MSW) disposal capacity. The workgroup is discussing a proposal to reduce the yearly MSW disposal capacity from 42 million tons per year to less than 13 million tons per year.

If the Senate and House approve the proposed revisions, the landfill ban will be lifted.