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