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From: Fred Friedman (FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPA.GOV)
Date: Thu Jun 17 1999 - 13:48:07 EDT


Date: Thu, 17 Jun 1999 13:48:07 -0400 (EDT)
From: FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPA.GOV (Fred Friedman)
Subject: Re: Mandatory laws (Julie Schultz)

June 17, 1999

Dear Julie Schultz,

It's unclear as to what you're asking. Only a handful of states and cities have mandatory recycling laws, chiefly instituted when state recycling goals were promulgated, out of a social conscience issue, or when the new landfill restrictions making expensive upgrades or closure of many small or near-death landfills necessary.

There is no federal requirement that residents recycle. The only federal mandate applies to the federal government only, having to do with procurement of recycled-content products.

Examples of mandatory programs: San Diego, CA; Milford, MA; New York City; , the States of Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, most town in Maine.

If this is not what you were asking, please clarify.

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