Private waste contractors would be able to dispose of commercial waste that they collect at the landfill of their choice under changes proposed in SB46. Currently, the "flow" of waste is under the control of Utah municipalities.

Sen. Dan Eastman, R-Bountiful, is sponsoring the bill and said removing the "quasi-monopolistic" structure of the current flow controls would result in a level of competition that would keep prices low and also extend the life of municipal landfills.

Opponents of the bill, including attorney Robert Whalen representing the city of South Jordan, are concerned that explosive growth, like what is underway on Salt Lake's west side, and the waste disposal challenges that go with it, are best handled at the municipal level.

SB46 was held over by the Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment standing committee.