A cardboard ban at the Wayne County Landfill will go into effect on July 1, 2006. From July 1, 2006 through August 31, 2006 will be an educational and training period for residents and commercial haulers. Warnings will be issued during this time.
Effective September 1, 2006 warnings will no longer be issued and additional fees will be charged on loads containing cardboard.
Why Cardboard Is Banned
A lined landfill cell costs 4 to 5 million dollars to build and is permitted for 5 years.
Cardboard removal will affect a 20 to 25% reduction in tonnage, thus extending space in the landfill.
Currently 460+ tons are received daily.
Reduction means longer life for each cell, thus no increase in tipping fees.
Reduction also means a 5-year cell could last longer, therefore saving money before a new one must be prepared.
The state passed bill H1465 banning the disposal of "rigid plastic containers" effective October 1, 2009. This excludes motor oil containers, which may be disposed of with your household waste and pesticide containers at the following convenience centers:
Only number 1 and 7 containers are accepted at the convenience centers. All plastic can be combined in 1 container. We do not recycle plastic bags! These may be taken to the grocery store where they have bins for them.
Why Plastics Banned
Most plastic is not biodegradable. This means it does not decompose naturally and turn into another material without polluting the environment. There have been experiments to produce something called "biodegradable plastic" which is made partly of starch. When these types of plastics decompose they produce other little-known substances that could damage the environment.