N.J. State Commission of Investigation
Commission's October 1969 report, responding to the Legislature's
request for an investigation, exposed infiltration of the solid waste
collection and disposal industry by organized criminal elements.
Responding to a Commission recommendation, the Governor and Legislature
enacted the New Jersey Antitrust Act in 1970.
SCI also recommended licensing waste collectors and determining the real
persons in interest of each collection and disposal company. The
Governor and Legislature in 1970 enacted a law providing for licensing
and regulating of the garbage industry by the State Public Utilities
Commission, later the State Board of Public Utilities (BPU). In keeping
with another SCI recommendation, the law also prohibited discrimination
in the use of privately owned disposal facilities. A law providing for
disclosure and investigation of the backgrounds of real parties in
interest of waste firms was not passed until 1983, and its a lengthy
court challenge concluded in 1986.
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