NSWMA - 05-2
Interstate Movement of Municipal Solid Waste
|Publication Date:||1 January 2005|
Since the late 1980s, states have been concerned about the amount of solid waste they received from out-ofstate sources for disposal. Some states attempted to pass legislation that would regulate these interstate waste receipts. However, federal courts have declared that any restrictions were unconstitutional. At the same time, Congress has considered, but not passed, numerous bills that would have provided states with the authority to control interstate waste shipments.
Because of the continuing congressional interest in interstate waste shipments, Congress in 1990 requested that the Congressional Research Service (CRS) determine the amount of municipal solid waste (MSW) moving interstate. CRS has updated its interstate report 8 times, most recently on September 9, 2004. This report summarizes the information collected by CRS on the movement of MSW interstate and provides data from select states that reported more data on interstate MSW flows than reported in the CRS report.