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An Act to Reduce Solid Waste, Increase Recycling and Generate Municipal Cost Savings
 

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Policy Workshop: Legislation on Mandatory Waste Reduction & Universal Recycling.

Policy Workshop: Legislation on Mandatory Waste Reduction & Universal Recycling.
Rep. Jason Lewis presents his bill to increase recycling in MA.

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  • This legislation increases the enforcement of waste bans:Creates fines for haulers who transport banned materialsSolid Waste Management Facilities must removed banned materials to the greatest extent possibleFrequent inspections will occur to enforce these new mandates

An Act to Reduce Solid Waste, Increase Recycling and Generate Municipal Cost Savings An Act to Reduce Solid Waste, Increase Recycling and Generate Municipal Cost Savings Presentation Transcript

  • An Act to Reduce Solid Waste,Increase Recyclingand Generate Municipal Cost SavingsState Rep. Jason LewisMassRecycle R3 ConferenceMarch 19, 2013
  • Pathway to Zero Waste This legislation will help the state achieve the solid wastereduction goals in the Massachusetts Solid Waste Master Plan 30% reduction by 2020 80% reduction by 2050 The bill takes a multi-faceted approach to reducing solid wasteand increasing recycling, recognizing that there is no “silverbullet”
  • 1. Set Targets for Municipal Solid Waste Reduction• Requires the DEP to establish annual performance targetsfor municipal solid waste reduction• Will be based on total per capita pounds of solid wastedisposed• Goal is to bring poorly performing communities up to thelevel of success achieved by “best practice” cities and towns
  • 2. Step Up Enforcement of Waste Bans Gives DEP the authority and responsibility to enforce wastebans on generators, haulers, and disposal facilities Establishes allowable levels for banned materials Mandates frequent load inspections Assesses fines on haulers who exceed allowable amounts Goal is to step up enforcement and achieve widespreadcompliance with waste bans
  • 3. Strengthen Oversight of Waste Haulers Haulers must register with the DEP and will be subject toregulations and an administrative fee Haulers must document their methods for avoidingdisposal of recyclable materials Haulers shall provide collection services for both wasteand recyclable materials at a single rate, and mustprovide appropriate receptacles Goal is to increase participation rates and accountabilityamong waste haulers
  • 4. Improve Data Collection and Reporting Municipalities, haulers and waste management facilities will berequired to report annually to DEP on amounts of solid waste handledand disposed DEP will compile the data and make it available to the public Goal is to monitor progress against solid waste reduction goals andhold entities accountable
  • 5. Provide Adequate Funding New “Zero Waste Fund” will be created under the authority ofthe DEP DEP will be authorized to assess and collect a $1.50/tonsurcharge on all solid waste disposed in Massachusetts Registration fees and enforcement penalties will also bedeposited in this Fund Proceeds from the Fund will be used to support municipal andother recycling efforts, assist waste haulers in meeting theirobligations, and fund other programs determinedby the DEP to help the state achieve its solid wastereduction goals
  • “Solid wastes are the discarded leftovers of ouradvanced consumer society. This growing mountain of garbageand trash represents not only an attitude of indifferencetoward valuable natural resources, but also aserious economic and public health problem.”- President Jimmy CarterH758: An Act to Reduce Solid Waste, IncreaseRecycling and Generate Municipal Cost SavingsRepresentative Jason Lewis(617) 722-2017Jason.Lewis@mahouse.govwww.repjasonlewis.com