Skip to main content Skip to office menu Skip to footer
Capital IconMinnesota Legislature

SF 663

1st Unofficial Engrossment - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 04/28/2014 12:36pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
1.1A bill for an act
1.2relating to state government; making changes to resource recovery provisions;
1.3amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 115A.15, subdivisions 2, 9, 10.

1.5    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 115A.15, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
1.6    Subd. 2. Duties of commissioner of administration. The commissioner of
1.7administration shall develop policies to require state agencies and the state legislature to
1.8separate all recyclable and reusable commodities wherever feasible. The commissioner
1.9shall develop and institute procedures for the separation, collection, and storage of used
1.10commodities wherever feasible in state agencies and shall establish policies for the reuse,
1.11sale, or disposition of recovered materials and surplus property. The commissioner shall
1.12promote and publicize the waste reduction and waste separation and recovery procedures
1.13on an ongoing basis to all state employees. The commissioner shall issue guidelines
1.14for the procurement of recyclable commodities and commodities containing recycled
1.15materials that include definitions of recycled materials, the percentage of recycled
1.16materials to be contained in each commodity and performance specifications. To the
1.17extent practicable, the guidelines shall be written so as to give preference to recyclable
1.18commodities and commodities containing recycled materials. The commissioner shall
1.19inform state agencies whenever recycled commodities are available for purchase. The
1.20commissioner shall investigate opportunities for the inclusion of and may include local
1.21governments and regional agencies in administrative state programs to reduce waste, and
1.22to separate and recover recyclable and reusable commodities.

1.23    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 115A.15, subdivision 9, is amended to read:
2.1    Subd. 9. Recycling goal. By December 31, 1996, the commissioner Each state
2.2agency shall recycle at least 60 percent by weight of the solid waste generated by state its
2.3 offices and other state operations located in the metropolitan area at a rate in compliance
2.4with the metropolitan solid waste management policy plan goals under section 473.149.
2.5Each state agency shall recycle at least 60 percent by weight of the solid waste generated
2.6by its offices and other operations located outside of the metropolitan area. By March 1
2.7of each year, the commissioner each state agency shall report to the Pollution Control
2.8Agency the estimated recycling rates by county for state offices and other state operations
2.9in the metropolitan area for the previous calendar year from the previous calendar year.
2.10State agencies shall report progress in achieving the recycling goal in the format specified
2.11by the Pollution Control Agency. The Pollution Control Agency shall incorporate these
2.12figures into the reports submitted by the counties under section 115A.557, subdivision 3,
2.13to determine each county's progress toward the goal in section 115A.551, subdivision 2.
2.14Each state agency in the metropolitan area shall work to meet the recycling goal
2.15individually. If the goal is not met by an agency, the commissioner shall notify that
2.16agency that the goal has not been met and the reasons the goal has not been met and shall
2.17provide information to the employees in the agency regarding recycling opportunities
2.18and expectations. If the recycling goal is not met by a state agency, that agency shall
2.19provide information to all employees in the agency regarding recycling opportunities and
2.20expectations, and notify the Pollution Control Agency of the action that has been taken to
2.21meet the recycling goal.

2.22    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 115A.15, subdivision 10, is amended to read:
2.23    Subd. 10. Materials recovery facility; materials collection; waste audits. (a) The
2.24commissioner of the Department of Administration shall establish a central materials
2.25recovery facility to manage recyclable materials collected from state offices and other state
2.26operations in the metropolitan area. The facility must be located as close as practicable to
2.27the State Capitol complex and must be large enough to accommodate temporary storage
2.28of recyclable materials collected from state offices and other state operations in the
2.29metropolitan area and the processing of those materials for market.
2.30(b) (a) The commissioner shall establish a recyclable materials collection and
2.31transportation system for state offices and other state operations in the metropolitan area
2.32that will maximize the types and amount of materials collected and the number of state
2.33offices and other state operations served, and will minimize barriers to effective and
2.34efficient collection, transportation, and marketing of recyclable materials.
3.1(c) The commissioner shall perform regular audits on the solid waste and recyclable
3.2materials collected to identify materials upon which to focus waste reduction, reuse,
3.3and recycling activities and to measure:
3.4(1) progress made toward the recycling goal in subdivision 9;
3.5(2) progress made to reduce waste generation; and
3.6(3) potential for additional waste reduction, reuse, and recycling.
3.7(d) (b) The commissioner may contract with private entities for the activities required
3.8in this subdivision if the commissioner determines that it would be cost-effective to do so.