relating to environment; making changes to resource recovery provisions;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 115A.15, subdivisions 2, 9, 10;
115A.151; 116.78, subdivision 4.
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.
1.10 shall develop and institute procedures for the separation, collection, and storage of used
1.11 commodities wherever feasible in state agencies and shall establish policies for the reuse,
1.12 sale, or disposition of recovered materials and surplus property. The commissioner shall
1.13 promote and publicize the waste reduction and waste separation and recovery procedures
1.14 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
2.5with the metropolitan solid waste management policy plan goals under section 473.149.
2.6Each state agency shall recycle at least 60 percent by weight of the solid waste generated
2.7by 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
2.10 in the metropolitan area for the previous calendar year from the previous calendar year.
2.11State agencies shall report progress in achieving the recycling goal in the format specified
2.12by 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
2.17 agency that the goal has not been met and the reasons the goal has not been met and shall
2.18 provide information to the employees in the agency regarding recycling opportunities
2.19 and expectations. If the recycling goal is not met by a state agency, that agency shall
2.20provide information to all employees in the agency regarding recycling opportunities and
2.21expectations, and notify the Pollution Control Agency of the action that has been taken to
2.22meet 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.
2.25 commissioner of the Department of Administration shall establish a central materials
2.26 recovery facility to manage recyclable materials collected from state offices and other state
2.27 operations in the metropolitan area. The facility must be located as close as practicable to
2.28 the State Capitol complex and must be large enough to accommodate temporary storage
2.29 of recyclable materials collected from state offices and other state operations in the
2.30 metropolitan area and the processing of those materials for market.
2.31 (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.
Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 115A.151, is amended to read:
RECYCLABLE MATERIAL CONTAINER RECYCLING
3.11 REQUIREMENTS; PUBLIC ENTITIES; COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS.
(a) A public entity and an owner of a commercial building
(1) ensure that facilities under its control, from which mixed municipal solid waste
have containers for also collect
at least three recyclable materials, such as, but
not limited to, paper, glass, plastic, and metal; and
(2) transfer all recyclable materials collected to a recycler.
(b) For the purposes of this section:
(1) "public entity" means the state, an office, agency, or institution of the state,
the Metropolitan Council, a metropolitan agency, the Metropolitan Mosquito Control
Commission, the legislature, the courts, a county, a statutory or home rule charter city, a
town, a school district, a special taxing district, or any entity that receives an appropriation
from the state for a capital improvement project after August 1, 2002;
(2) "metropolitan agency" and "Metropolitan Council," have the meanings given
them in section
(3) "Metropolitan Mosquito Control Commission" means the commission created
3.27(4) "commercial building" means a building that:
3.28(i) is located in a metropolitan county, as defined in section 473.121;
3.29(ii) contains a business classified in sectors 42 to 81 under the North American
3.30Industrial Classification System; and
3.31(iii) contracts for four cubic yards or more per week of solid waste collection
3.32EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective January 1, 2016.
Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 116.78, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
Subd. 4. Sharps. (a) A person shall not place sharps with recyclable materials, as
4.2defined in section 115A.03.
Sharps, except those generated from a household or from a farm operation or
(1) must be placed in puncture-resistant containers;
(2) may not be compacted or mixed with other waste material whether or not the
sharps are decontaminated unless it is part of an infectious waste decontamination process
approved by the commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency that will prevent exposure
during transportation and disposal; and
(3) may not be disposed of at refuse-derived fuel facilities or at other facilities
where waste is hand sorted.
4.12EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.