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Minnesota Solid Waste History

Back in 2002, the Research Department at the Minnesota House of Representatives produced a handy information brief entitled "Minnesota Solid Waste History: Major Milestones."  Its ten pages summarize the progress in solid waste management from the open burning* and open dumping of the 1960s through 2002.

A key point in the timeline is the 1994 Carbone v. Clarkstown decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, which found "flow control" ordinances (telling a private hauler where they could dispose of their non-recyclable, non-hazardous municipal solid wastes) to be unconstitutional.  A more recent (2007) decision, United Haulers Association v. Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Management Authority, came to a different conclusion when an ordinance required the haulers to bring their waste to a publicly owned and operated facility as opposed to a privately owned facility as was the case in Carbone.

*One resident who contacted me last fall in opposition to organized hauling mentioned that he's still chafing over not being allowed to use a burn barrel like the good old days.


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