H765, An Act to Reduce Solid Waste and Provide Universal Recycling Access


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Claire Sullivan, Executive Director of the South Shore Recycling Cooperative presents her universal recycling bill, H765 An Act to Reduce Solid Waste and Provide Universal Recycling Access

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H765, An Act to Reduce Solid Waste and Provide Universal Recycling Access

  1. 1. Why a “Universal Recycling” Bill?• Munis provide recycling access to most residents• Focus for diversion has been on municipalities• Many/most private customers opt out of “optional” recycling• More disposed tons, recovery potential from commercialsector:1 MassDEP SWMP 2010-2020, Table 12 MassDEP Municipal Solid Waste and RecyclingSurveys 20093 US Census Bureau Massachusetts Quick FactsTotal MSW: 5.8 million tons disposed 2009 1Municipalities: 2.3 million tons disposed 2009 2,3Remainder = commercial: 3.5 million tons
  2. 2. Current regulations• MassDEP Waste Bans enforced at end of pipe• high diminimis action levels• difficult to ID generator• low chance of NON or fine• SWMP, p.21: Policy Objective One: “Increase recyclingand composting by businesses and institutions throughTA, a requirement on waste haulers to provide fullrecycling services to their customers, more aggressiveenforcement of Waste Bans on haulers and generators”
  3. 3.  all residents, businesses and institutions must separaterecyclables from the trash all waste haulers must provide adequate recyclablescollection service to all customers and recycling service must be included with solid wastecollection service cost. MassDEP have the authority to enforce the Waste Banson generators and haulers from the point of generationthrough the point of disposal.
  4. 4. Models 63 Local ordinances in Mass. Waste haulers must provide recyclingservice to all customers, document to town 33 require bundled pricing Some require businesses to recycle Enforcement by BOH is difficult Vermont Act 148: An act relating to establishinguniversal recycling of solid waste 2012 Delaware SB234: Universal Recycling Law 2010 California AB341: Recycling Law 2012
  5. 5. Status 13 Cosponsors Committee: Environment, NaturalResources and Agriculture 617-722-2210 Hearing date: TBD 2 page Baby Bill needs nurturing (and data) fromstakeholders to help it grow, mature and succeed Survey to assess current service levels, impacts onwaste and recycling haulers
  6. 6. Potential ImpactsEnvironmental: Recover valuable material resources Eliminate need for new disposal capacity Reduce GGEs from manufacturing, disposalEconomic: Improve collection route efficiencies Create jobs Business opportunity: Increase revenues/ Reduce costs?Please take the survey atssrcoop.info, scroll to Documents
  7. 7. Claire Sullivan, Executive Director781.329.8318ssrecyclingcoop@verizon.netLET’S FIGURE IT OUTTOGETHER!
  8. 8. Source: MassDEP2010-2020 SolidWaste MasterPlan, Dec. 2012,Fig, 5