BURNT Corresponds with the Government Operations Committee

BURNT spends time at the legislature on general matters—the impact of landfilling, how to create jobs from recycling, and how local numbers are inaccurate.  These letters illustrate our written approach, which is sometimes too technical.   25 June Government Operations Letter—concerns a request to review past rule decisions including the a Rule 0462 passed in December 2012, the Solid Waste Plan, and other concerns. Click to view or download 25 June 2014 Government Operations Letter 19 July Government Operations Letter—Is a review of statutes and enforcement Click to view or download 19 July Government Operations Letter We understand that every letter is not read.  That is why we go down to the legislature with flyers.  We are fortunate to be working in a non-partisan area of government.  If we can come up solutions and work with TDEC, we can make progress. ...

TDEC Solid Waste Report

BURNT wrote a lengthy analysis of the Annual TDEC  Solid Waste Report.  We found that laws were ignored, solutions not pursued, and landfills not cleaned up.  Included are one page letters to the Attorney General, the Governor, and  the Commissioner.  Someone told  BURNT that if we were located in any other state, that would be a Zero Waste State. TDEC Annual Report for 2014 with BURNT letters...

Tennessee Solid Waste Plan Allegedly Near Completion

Tennessee commissioned a Solid Waste Plan 2015-2025 in spring 2014.  This DRAFT Plan (see link) has inadvertently exposed the weaknesses of the the TDEC system. This plan: Is very unfriendly to citizen participation–no apparent meetings with groups and does not reprint letters sent in.  The Nashville hearing Tuesday is 2 hours and the vendor takes up one hour; Is very inadequate for a $327,000 study—see the attached PDF; and Inadvertently exposes the terrible weaknesses of TDEC— amorphous goals, bad numbers, and both TDEC and this plan ignore landfills. Please remember–as far as climate change, solid waste creates methane gas from landfilled food, yard, and paper waste which is very serious climate change threat. Points BURNT has repeatedly made on this issue: Construction waste is key material to recycle and create jobs. Food waste hurts landfills and creates dangerous methane— use it for animal feed and human food. From plastic to paper we are landfilling alot of waste which should be used to create jobs. The multi-national landfill companies have the skillls to do more than run landfills–recycle construction waste and process food waste to make animal waste....