relating to state government; making changes to resource recovery provisions;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 115A.15, subdivisions 2, 9, 10.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 115A.15, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
Subd. 2. Duties of commissioner of administration.
The commissioner of
administration shall develop policies to require state agencies and the state legislature to
separate all recyclable and reusable commodities wherever feasible.
1.9 shall develop and institute procedures for the separation, collection, and storage of used
1.10 commodities wherever feasible in state agencies and shall establish policies for the reuse,
1.11 sale, or disposition of recovered materials and surplus property. The commissioner shall
1.12 promote and publicize the waste reduction and waste separation and recovery procedures
1.13 on an ongoing basis to all state employees.
The commissioner shall issue guidelines
for the procurement of recyclable commodities and commodities containing recycled
materials that include definitions of recycled materials, the percentage of recycled
materials to be contained in each commodity and performance specifications. To the
extent practicable, the guidelines shall be written so as to give preference to recyclable
commodities and commodities containing recycled materials. The commissioner shall
inform state agencies whenever recycled commodities are available for purchase. The
commissioner shall investigate opportunities for the inclusion of and may include local
governments and regional agencies in administrative state programs to reduce waste, and
to separate and recover recyclable and reusable commodities.
Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 115A.15, subdivision 9, is amended to read:
Subd. 9. Recycling goal.
By December 31, 1996, the commissioner Each state
at least 60 percent by weight of
the solid waste generated by
offices and other
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
of each year,
the commissioner each state agency
shall report to the Pollution Control
Agency the estimated recycling rates
by county for state offices and other state operations
2.9 in 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
figures into the reports submitted by the counties under section
115A.557, subdivision 3
to determine each county's progress toward the goal in section
115A.551, subdivision 2
Each state agency
in the metropolitan area
shall work to meet the recycling goal
If the goal is not met by an agency, the commissioner shall notify that
2.16 agency that the goal has not been met and the reasons the goal has not been met and shall
2.17 provide information to the employees in the agency regarding recycling opportunities
2.18 and 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.
Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 115A.15, subdivision 10, is amended to read:
Subd. 10. Materials recovery facility; materials collection; waste audits.
2.24 commissioner of the Department of Administration shall establish a central materials
2.25 recovery facility to manage recyclable materials collected from state offices and other state
2.26 operations in the metropolitan area. The facility must be located as close as practicable to
2.27 the State Capitol complex and must be large enough to accommodate temporary storage
2.28 of recyclable materials collected from state offices and other state operations in the
2.29 metropolitan area and the processing of those materials for market.
2.30 (b) (a)
The commissioner shall establish a recyclable materials collection and
transportation system for state offices and other state operations in the metropolitan area
that will maximize the types and amount of materials collected and the number of state
offices and other state operations served, and will minimize barriers to effective and
efficient collection, transportation, and marketing of recyclable materials.
(c) The commissioner shall perform regular audits on the solid waste and recyclable
3.2 materials collected to identify materials upon which to focus waste reduction, reuse,
3.3 and 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
in this subdivision if the commissioner determines that it would be cost-effective to do so.