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March 9, 2021
Alabama Governor Signs Landfill Law on Earth Day
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - Gov. Bob Riley has used Earth Day to sign a new state law aimed at cleaning up illegal dumps and promoting recycling.

Riley signed the law Tuesday in a ceremony on the state Capitol lawn in Montgomery.

The new law levies a $1 per ton fee on waste disposed at landfills in Alabama. The fee is supposed to generate $7 million to $8 million annually to clean up illegal dumps on private land and to expand recycling programs.

The bill was sponsored by Democratic state Rep. Frank McDaniel of Albertville and was supported by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

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