Bill would legalize burying trash in rural Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A panel of Utah lawmakers has endorsed a bill that clarifies rural residents can bury their garbage if they don’t have regular trash pickup services.

The Deseret News reports the measure was discussed Wednesday in the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Interim Committee.

Republican Rep. Ronda Menlove says she came up with the bill after traveling to very remote areas in Box Elder County.

The lawmaker from Garland says residents in those areas have either been burying or burning their garbage. She says there are some federal restrictions on burning trash at home, but no such regulations for burying non-hazardous waste.

Menlove says the measure would only apply to people who don’t have garbage service, and would be limited to household waste disposed of on the resident’s own property.

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