Public feedback sought on 2014-2024 Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan


RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources is inviting the public to provide feedback on the draft 2014-2024 state Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan, which details the status of solid waste management in North Carolina and plans for handling waste in the next decade.

The N.C. Division of Waste Management, the program in DENR that manages solid waste, will host public meetings in Buncombe, Davidson and Lenoir counties to solicit feedback and expand public participation in the development of the plan.

The meetings will be held on the following schedule:

· April 29 , 6-7:30 p.m.: DENR Asheville Regional Office, 2090 U.S. Hwy 70, Swannanoa.

· May 6, 6-7:30 p.m.: Davidson County Community College, Davidson Campus, Mary E. Rittling Conference Center 297 DCCC Road, Thomasville.

· May 7 , 6-7:30 p.m.: N.C. Global Transpark Training Facility, 3800 Hwy 58 North, Kinston.

The Solid Waste Management Act of 1989 established policies to promote alternatives to disposal of solid waste in landfills and to assist local governments with solid waste management. The state law required DENR to develop a comprehensive solid waste management plan and periodically update the plan with input from local governments, regional planning agencies, industries and the public. The applicable laws are N.C. General Statues 130A-309.06(a)(1) and 130A-309.07.

The current plan assesses the status and progress of solid waste management in North Carolina during the 2003 – 2013 cycle, including disposal rates, facility capacity and siting, sources of discarded material, commodities, recycling infrastructure, and key issues and trends. New objectives and strategies to achieve environmental and economic benefits for the next 10 years are identified in the document. The first plan was adopted in 1990 and updated in 2003. The 2014-2024 plan represents the third iteration of the state plan.

In meeting the participation required by state law, the Division of Waste Management’s solid waste section surveyed more than 1,000 permittees, recyclers, local governments, environmental groups, residents and other stakeholders. The division received more than 400 responses to the survey. The survey results will be presented as an appendix to the plan. When it is ready, the final plan will be published on the division’s solid waste section website, .

A public comment period is open until May 9. Comments may be sent to: Ellen Lorscheider, Division of Waste Management, Solid Waste Section, N. C. Department of Environment & Natural Resources, 1646 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1646. You can also send comments by email to: .

Additional information on the plan and the public meetings is available at the Division of Waste Management’s solid waste section website at: .

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