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Wolves in sheep's clothing

Mar 14, 2012
Beware wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Or in this case the waste industry trying to cloak itself in green rhetoric.

The issue is legislation that recently passed out of the House Energy and Technology Committee to overturn the 17-year-old ban on yard waste going into landfills. It is on the floor of the House this week. It is a terrible idea on so many different levels that it’s hard to know where to start.

Let’s try:
  • It would result in significant and immediate layoffs of workers in the composting industry and the commercial businesses that sell compost products. Family business will go bankrupt. People would lose jobs almost immediately.
  • It would eliminate a significant source of nutrient rich compost that is rebuilding Michigan’s gardens, lawns and farms. Compost has micro- and macro-nutrients that commercial fertilizers lack.
  • It would fill Michigan’s landfills more quickly, and require more of them.
  • It will increase greenhouse gas emissions.

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