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HF 3095

2nd Engrossment - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 05/24/2018 12:27pm

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A bill for an act
relating to solid waste; modifying waste management provisions; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 115A.94, subdivisions 2, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 5, by
adding subdivisions.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 115A.94, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Local authority.

A city or town may organize collection, after public notification
and hearing as required in subdivisions 4a to 4d 4f. A county may organize collection as
provided in subdivision 5. A city or town that has organized collection as of May 1, 2013,
is exempt from subdivisions 4a to 4d 4f.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 115A.94, subdivision 4a, is amended to read:


Subd. 4a.

Committee establishment.

(a) Before implementing an ordinance, franchise,
license, contract, or other means of organizing collection, a city or town, by resolution of
the governing body, must establish an organized a solid waste collection options committee
to identify, examine, and evaluate various methods of organized solid waste collection. The
governing body shall appoint the committee members.

(b) The organized solid waste collection options committee is subject to chapter 13D.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 115A.94, subdivision 4b, is amended to read:


Subd. 4b.

Committee duties.

The committee established under subdivision 4a shall:

(1) determine which methods of organized solid waste collection to examine, which
must include:

(i) the existing system of collection;

(i) (ii) a system in which a single collector collects solid waste from all sections of a
city or town; and

(ii) (iii) a system in which multiple collectors, either singly or as members of an
organization of collectors, collect solid waste from different sections of a city or town;

(2) establish a list of criteria on which the organized solid waste collection methods
selected for examination will be evaluated, which may include: costs to residential
subscribers, impacts on residential subscribers' ability to choose a provider of solid waste
service based on the desired level of service, costs and other factors, the impact of
miles
driven by collection vehicles on city streets and alleys and the incremental impact of miles
driven by collection vehicles
, initial and operating costs to the city of implementing the
organized solid waste collection system, providing incentives for waste reduction, impacts
on solid waste collectors, and other physical, economic, fiscal, social, environmental, and
aesthetic impacts;

(3) collect information regarding the operation and efficacy of existing methods of
organized solid waste collection in other cities and towns;

(4) seek input from, at a minimum:

(i) the governing body of the city or town;

(ii) the local official of the city or town responsible for solid waste issues;

(iii) persons currently licensed to operate solid waste collection and recycling services
in the city or town; and

(iv) residents of the city or town who currently pay for residential solid waste collection
services; and

(5) issue a report on the committee's research, findings, and any recommendations to
the governing body of the city or town.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 115A.94, subdivision 4c, is amended to read:


Subd. 4c.

Governing body; implementation.

The governing body of the city or town
shall consider the report and recommendations of the organized solid waste collection
options committee. The governing body must provide public notice and hold at least one
public hearing before deciding whether to implement organized collection. Organized
collection may begin no sooner than six months after the effective date of the decision of
the governing body of the city or town to implement organized collection.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 115A.94, subdivision 4d, is amended to read:


Subd. 4d.

Participating collectors proposal requirement.

Prior to Before establishing
a committee under subdivision 4a to consider organizing residential solid waste collection,
a city or town with more than one licensed collector must notify the public and all licensed
collectors in the community. The city or town must provide a 60-day period of at least 60
days
in which meetings and negotiations shall occur exclusively between licensed collectors
and the city or town to develop a proposal in which interested licensed collectors, as members
of an organization of collectors, collect solid waste from designated sections of the city or
town. The proposal shall include identified city or town priorities, including issues related
to zone creation, traffic, safety, environmental performance, service provided, and price,
and shall reflect existing haulers maintaining their respective market share of business as
determined by each hauler's average customer count during the six months prior to the
commencement of the 60-day exclusive negotiation period. If an existing hauler opts to be
excluded from the proposal, the city may allocate their customers proportionally based on
market share to the participating collectors who choose to negotiate. The initial organized
collection agreement executed under this subdivision must be for a period of three to seven
years. Upon execution of an agreement between the participating licensed collectors and
city or town, the city or town shall establish organized collection through appropriate local
controls and is not required to fulfill the requirements of subdivisions 4a, 4b, and 4c, except
that the governing body must provide the public notification and hearing required under
subdivision 4c.

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 115A.94, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


Subd. 4e.

Parties to meet and confer.

Before the exclusive meetings and negotiations
under subdivision 4d, participating licensed collectors and elected officials of the city or
town must meet and confer regarding waste collection issues, including but not limited to
road deterioration, public safety, pricing mechanisms, and contractual considerations unique
to organized collection.

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 115A.94, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


Subd. 4f.

Joint liability limited.

Notwithstanding section 604.02, an organized collection
agreement must not obligate a participating licensed collector for damages to third parties
solely caused by another participating licensed collector. The organized collection agreement
may include joint obligations for actions that are undertaken by all the participating licensed
collectors under this section.

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 115A.94, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

County organized collection.

(a) A county may by ordinance require cities
and towns within the county to organize collection. Organized collection ordinances of
counties may:

(1) require cities and towns to require the separation and separate collection of recyclable
materials;

(2) specify the material to be separated; and

(3) require cities and towns to meet any performance standards for source separation
that are contained in the county solid waste plan.

(b) A county may itself organize collection under subdivisions 4a to 4d 4f in any city
or town that does not comply with a county organized collection ordinance adopted under
this subdivision, and the county may implement, as part of its organized collection, the
source separation program and performance standards required by its organized collection
ordinance.

Sec. 9. EFFECTIVE DATE.

This act is effective January 1, 2019, and applies to organized collection noticed under
Minnesota Statutes, section 115A.94, subdivision 2, on or after that date.

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