Some Lessons of Sandy

Making a Case for Solid Waste and Recycling Practices

Laws and regulations are open to interpretation, and everyone makes mistakes. These two ideas expose many organizations and communities to financial and punitive risk for solid waste disposal and recycling practices of the past or the present: Are your materials being
recycled as you believe? Was waste properly disposed for the last decade? Are your recycling and waste practices being challenged?
The costs of these disputes can be high. Liability can be based on the volume of incorrectly disposed or recycled material, even when the
practice was done in good faith. And, of course, protracted proceedings can escalate costs even further.

Protect Yourself from Solid Waste Disposal and Recycling Liability

If your organization is faced with a dispute involving solid waste disposal or recycling practices, DeFeo Associates will
help you prepare and present the necessary arguments for your case, including:

  • Investigate current and past disposal and recycling practices
  • Interpret applicable statutes and regulations to determine compliance, including, among others, the Solid Waste Management Act (N.J.S.A. 13:1E-1), Solid Waste Regulations (N.J.A.C. 7:26), Recycling Regulations (N.J.A.C. 7:26A), and the N.J. Recycling Enhancement Act (P.L.2007, c.311).
  • Calculate volume of solid waste disposal
  • Provide expert testimony before courts or agency bodies, including superfund litigation, contract disputes, regulatory interpretation and siting issues
  • Assist legal counsel in preparing and presenting technical elements in solid waste disposal and recycling cases

Recognized Expert for Solid Waste and Recycling Cases

DeFeo Associates' consultants have been recognized by the Court as experts and/or provided sworn testimony in solid waste and recycling matters in the following jurisdictions and venues:

  • Camden County Superior Court
  • Hudson County Superior Court
  • New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Trenton, NJ
  • Court of Common Pleas, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey General Assembly
  • Bergen County (NJ) Utilities Authority
  • Raritan Township (NJ) Board of Public Utilities
  • Hunterdon County (NJ) Solid Waste Advisory Council
  • Middlesex County (NJ) Solid Waste Advisory Council
  • Township of Woodbridge (NJ) Planning Board
  • Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders
  • Joint Environment Committee of the Connecticut Legislature

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