The National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) is supporting a Missouri bill that would restructure solid waste management districts and change allocation methods for recycling and waste reduction grant funding.

The Missouri chapter of the Washington-based NSWMA said in a news release that it backs Senate Bill 13, which states it would eliminate solid waste management districts and the Solid Waste Management Advisory Committee, according to the state legislature website. The bill was introduced by Missouri state Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-19), representing Boone and Cooper counties.

The grants are funded from tipping fees collected at landfills and transfer stations. The bill would reduce the fee collected to $1.71 per ton from $2.11 per ton, and from

solid waste demolition landfills to $1.20 per ton from $1.41 per ton.

“We applaud Sen. Schaefer’s proposed legislation,” said Peggy Macenas, regional manager of the NSWMA Missouri chapter. “This bill reforms, modernizes and reduces government bureaucracy. It will also aid in curbing costs to Missouri residents and business owners for solid waste management while allowing for increased recycling.”