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Tell your Senators to VOTE NO TO HOUSE BILL 3290­­­­­ 

Passage of this legislation would not only weaken the ability of local governments to be responsible stewards of their local waste stream, but it would also set a precedent that the General Assembly could nullify an ordinance enacted by a locally elected body acting within the scope of its authority. This could be disastrous for local environments, conservation efforts, wildlife, local economies and even Counties’ bond ratings.

To read the actual bill, click here

 

 

Please act now by emailing or calling legislators on the Senate Medical Affairs Committee. Their contact information is below.

Talking Points to call or email Your Legislators About:

  • Conservation concerns on this legislation regard the difference between public and private waste operation business models. Public waste operates with the goal of serving citizens and reducing waste, while private waste operations seek high volumes of any waste from anywhere.
  • This bill does not just impact Horry County, as it was originally intended – it would strip all county governments of any ability to control how solid waste is disposed of in its backyard.  Would you not want to be able to control the waste coming in or out of your home? This is a Not In My Backyard environmental issue. It is also an issue about upholding Home Rule.
  • The bill voids any county solid waste/recycling ordinances that designate specific solid waste/recycling disposal facilities. Thus the county can’t choose where its waste ends up - even if the county has in operation publicly-funded waste facilities. Counties would no longer be using the very facilities that its citizens’ tax dollars funded – what a waste of money. And the jobs of local employees working at those facilities could be at risk. This is bad for local economies all around. 
  • Counties not having control over where their waste ends up could have disastrous environmental implications – ultimately harming ecosystems, ground water, habitats and the preservation of wildlife. 

Senate Medical Affairs Committee Member Contact:

Peeler, Harvey S., Jr., Chairman - (803) 212-6430 (Senate); (864) 489-9994 (business);
(864) 489-3766 (home), This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Courson, John E. - (803) 212-6250 (Senate); (803) 799-5533 (business); (803) 256-7853 (home)

Hayes, Robert W., Jr. - (803) 212- 6410 (Senate); (803) 328-8532 (home); 803-981-3485 (mobile); This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Jackson, Darrell - (803) 212-6048 (Senate); (803) 771-0325 (business); (803) 776-6954 (home); This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Fair, Michael L. - (803) 212-6420 (Senate); (864) 246-4257 (home); This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Hutto, C. Bradley - (803) 212-6140 (Senate); (803) 534-5218 (business); (803) 536-1808 (home); This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Pinckney, Clementa C. - (803) 212-6148 (Senate); 803-315-2005 (mobile); (843) 726-3849 (home); This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Verdin, Daniel B. "Danny", III - (803) 212-6230 (Senate); (864) 984-4129 (business); (864) 682-8914 (home); This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Cleary, Raymond E., III - (803) 212-6040 (Senate); (843) 457-3245 (mobile); (843) 357-2234 (home); This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Lourie, Joel - (803) 212-6116 (Senate); (803) 447-0024 (mobile); (803) 787-5802 (home); This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Martin, Shane R. - (803) 212-6100 (Senate); 864-804-8499 (mobile); (864) 597-1619 (home); This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Nicholson, Floyd - (803) 212-6000 (Senate); (864) 388-8377 (business); (864) 223-9460 (home); This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Scott, John L., Jr. - (803) 212-6048 (Senate); (803) 528-9943 (mobile); (803) 786-2373 (home); This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Ford, Robert - (803) 212-6124 (Senate); (843) 813-1777 (business); (843) 852-0777 (home); This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Alexander, Thomas C. - (803) 212-6220 (Senate); (864) 638-2988 (business); (864) 638-2153 (home); This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Bright, Lee - (803) 212-6008 (Senate); (864) 587-1800 (business); (864) 576-6742 (home); This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Davis, Tom - (803) 212-6008 (Senate); 843) 252-8583 (business); (843) 524-1235 (home); This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Sample email to legislators:

Dear Members of the Senate Medical Affairs Committee:

Passage of House Bill 3290 would be disastrous for local environments, conservation efforts, wildlife preservation, local economies, and even their bond ratings.

This bill aims to forbid flow control ordinances or any other local government ordinances regulating where waste goes within its jurisdictions in the future. This deprives counties of a mechanism to fund State mandated waste operations, will harm local businesses, and increase outgoing waste/recycling to facilities that may not be environmentally equipped to not harm other localities.

Passage of this legislation would further set a precedent that the General Assembly could nullify an ordinance enacted by a locally elected body acting within the scope of its authority, even if it’s doing so efficiently and effectively.

Worse, the bill voids any county solid waste/recycling ordinances that designate specific solid waste/recycling disposal facilities. Thus the county can’t choose where its waste ends up - even if the county has in operation publicly-funded waste facilities. Counties would no longer be using the very facilities that its citizens’ tax dollars funded – what a waste of money. And the jobs of local employees working at those facilities could be at risk if their operation is challenged. This is bad for local economies all around.

Counties not having control over where their waste ends up could have disastrous environmental implications – ultimately harming ecosystems, habitats and the preservation of wildlife.

More importantly, the conservation community is concerned because this bill seeks to strip local government and its citizens of any ability to control how solid waste is disposed of in its own backyard. This is a Not in My Backyard issue – would you not want to be able to control the waste coming in or out of your home?

Here are my additional concerns with this bill:

  • The assumption that an increase among private collection and disposal (C&D) entities competing for bids will be better for a county due to competition lowering the cost of C&D discounts the larger positive economic impacts that a local government benefits from transportation, holding, fueling, and storage of waste staying within that county’s authority and district.
  • C&D are not necessarily the driving economic boons of the solid waste business and of its impact on local economies, which is what this legislation assumes.
  • The language in Section 3 that forbids any actions that impede the development of recycling programs could have an impact on local land use regulations as counties would no longer be able to regulate where recycling operations are sited.
  • Almost 25% of the fees collected by the SWA are directed towards state of the art recycling and education programs. Flow control was debated locally and adopted by locally elected leaders because they know what’s best for themselves. Taxpayers have benefitted from programs funded by the SWA. Less revenues for the county mean less funds allotted to these vital programs.
  • It also helps Horry manage the unique swings of its tourist economy.

Please don’t be fooled by the waste lobby’s efforts to undermine the environment, local economies, and family concerns. This far over-reaching bill aims to privatize an industry before caring for constituents. I don’t want to not be able to control my waste, among the litany of above-mentioned problems with this bill. Your vote is about your legislative duty to protect South Carolinians. This is about doing the right thing. Vote no against H. 3290.

Sincerely,

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