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3/16/2007
Brandywine Hundred Lawmakers Lead The Charge For Getting The Yard Waste Ban Delayed

State lawmakers are taking action in response to citizen outrage over the Governor's policy banning yard waste from the Cherry Island Landfill.

State Representatives Gregory F. Lavelle (R-Sharpley) and Robert J. Valihura, Jr. (R-Delaware North) have announced that the yard waste ban, an administrative policy implemented by DNREC at the beginning of this year, is being delayed until January 15, 2008.

Rep. Lavelle, who was one of the lead sponsors of House Bill 1, which would have repealed the yard waste ban, stated that he made the decision not to bring up House Bill 1 for a vote after he received an agreement from DNREC Secretary John Hughes to delay the ban until next year.

According to Rep. Lavelle, "The decision to delay the ban is in direct response to pleas from our constituents who were faced with questions and concerns about what to do with their yard waste if trash haulers were no longer allowed to pick it up during regular service. Many legislators believe it was an ill-advised proposal to begin with and should never have been implemented without a thorough review and understanding by the public."

Rep. Valihura said, "Both Rep. Lavelle and I look forward to now allowing clearer heads to prevail. The Department of Natural Resources, along with citizen and legislative input, can spend the next nine months putting together a workable, understandable and cost effective solution to yard waste disposal in New Castle County. A major component of this new plan must be how to incorporate recycling in residents' disposal habits."

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