High Court Upholds Counties' Trash Removal Law

Law360, New York (April 30, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that local governments can require trash haulers to dump waste at specific sites, even if they are more expensive, as long as they are public corporations, finding that so-called flow ordinances do not discriminate against interstate commerce.

The 6-3 decision drew a firm line on the issue of so-called flow control ordinances, ruling that they are permitted under the Commerce Clause if the waste facilities used are public and benefit residents, but not if they are private.

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