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Spring 2017 Newsletter

2017 Arkansas Chapter - SWANA Annual Conference

The upcoming 2017 Annual Conference will be held from April 11-13 at the Four Points Sheraton in Bentonville.  We have an exciting agenda that ADEQ has approved for 6-hour update CEUs.

The event kicks off on Tuesday, April 11, with a tour of facilities in the Northwest Arkansas Area.  These include EcoTech Consumer Products, Eco-Vista Landfill & Gas- to-Electric Facility, and E3 C&D Recycling Facility.

On Wednesday, April 12, educational sessions include presentations on sustainability, facility financing options, landfill technology & updates, waste collection & minimization, and safety. Susan Robinson from Waste Management is the keynote speaker immediately following lunch.

Wednesday evening, we will be having a beer tasting from Bentonville's own Core Brewing featuring a selection of their craft brews and acoustic music by The Take Cover Band.  After the tasting, prepare to be entertained by Steve "Wildman" Wilson. We will end the evening with a networking opportunity and more acoustic music.

Thursday, April 13, has been reserved for Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality in the morning, and the Annual Arkansas Chapter Membership meeting and election of board members during lunch.

Please join us for this exciting slate of events!

For more information and how to register, visit our conference page on our website.

2017 Arkansas Solid Waste Conference

2017 Legislation Impacting Solid Waste

The Arkansas State Legislature took action in the 91st General Assembly that affects some aspects of the solid waste industry.

House Bill 1267 makes significant changes to the waste tire program.  The most notable changes include raising the fee on a passenger tire from $2.00 to $3.00, lowering the fee on a truck tire from $5.00 to $3.00, and establishing a uniform electronic manifest system mandating all new and used tire retailers to submit reports to ADEQ. the fees will be applied to all tires removed from a rim. The bill became Act 317 when the governor signed it.

House Bill 1669 changes the laws concerning the collection, deposit, and use and accountability for the landfill deposit fees. The bill was passed by the House and is currently waiting for approval in the Senate.

Two shell bills directly related to solid waste were submitted on the last day of filing:

HB2120 - CONCERNING THE BURNING OF TIRES

HB2189 - TO INCREASE FLEXIBILITY FOR A COUNTY COLLECTING FEES AND SERVICE CHARGES FOR SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT

SWANA Works with the National Waste Association of North America to Publish Guidance for Municipalities Responding to Emerging Waste Management Technology Proposals

New Brief and Checklist Will Help Municipal Leaders Make the Best Decisions for the Communities they Serve

Other News from National

SWANA’s 2017 Scholarship Awards Program Open for Submissions

Deadline is May 1, 2017.

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