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NAID Advocacy Succeeds in New Jersey (Again)

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June 14, 2015

As a direct result of NAID’s advocacy, New Jersey’s S-2360 will not impose new licensing and screening requirements on information destruction companies operating there. The proposed law stemmed from an investigation by the State Commission of Investigation (SCI) on the soil reuse industry in New Jersey that discovered possible criminal elements.  The intent of the bill is to eliminate any criminal component by requiring a recycling license from the Attorney General’s Office, similar to the A-901 license for entities involved in the solid waste disposal industry.  Unfortunately, the bill applied to “services provided by persons engaging in the business of recycling, including the collection, transportation, processing, storage, purchase, sale or disposition, or any combination thereof, of recyclable materials,”  which was the primary tenet of NAID’s opposition.

NAID maintained that its “concern with S-2360 is it adds a significant and unsubstantiated administrative and cost burden on this industry simply because they are considered a ‘recycler’ of materials as defined in the bill.  While we appreciate the intent of the bill, we strongly caution against blanketing all recyclers with the added burden of complying with the legislation.  The breadth and scope of these definitions capture more than just the soil reuse industry and brings in any company or entity involved in any recycling.”

As a direct result of the testimony, the bill’s sponsors acknowledged they will limit the applicability of the new licensing and screening requirements to firms that recycle soil, construction debris, concrete, asphalt, brick, block, wood and tires.

 

Last year, NAID was instrumental in eliminating licensing regulations in New Jersey that unnecessarily restricted the mobile shredding of hard drives.

PDF Document Read NAID’s testimony before the New Jersey Senate