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SF 1132

1st Engrossment - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 09/03/2015 03:36pm

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A bill for an act
relating to solid waste; amending uses of state grants to counties for solid
waste reduction and recycling; amending allocation of solid waste management
tax revenues; requiring a study; requiring effective recycling efforts by state
government; appropriating money;amending Minnesota Statutes 2014, sections
115A.557, subdivision 2; 297H.13, subdivision 2.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 115A.557, subdivision 2, is amended to
read:


Subd. 2.

Purposes for which money may be spent.

(a) A county receiving money
distributed by the commissioner under this section may use the money only for the
development and implementation of programs to:

(1) reduce the amount of solid waste generated;

(2) recycle the maximum amount of solid waste technically feasible;

(3) create and support markets for recycled products;

(4) remove problem materials from the solid waste stream and develop proper
disposal options for them;

(5) inform and educate all sectors of the public about proper solid waste management
procedures;

(6) provide technical assistance to public and private entities to ensure proper solid
waste management;

(7) provide educational, technical, and financial assistance for litter prevention;

(8) process mixed municipal solid waste generated in the county at a resource
recovery facility located in Minnesota; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(9) compost source-separated compostable materials, including the provision of
receptacles for residential compostingdeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (10) food waste prevention or collection and transportation of food donated to
humans or to be fed to animals; and
new text end

new text begin (11) process source separated compostable materials that produce Class I or Class II
compost as defined by Minnesota Rules, part 7035.2836, following anaerobic digestion.
new text end

(b) Beginning in fiscal year 2015 and continuing thereafter, of any money distributed
by the commissioner under this section to a metropolitan county, as defined in section
473.121, subdivision 4, that exceeds the amount the county was eligible to receive under
this section in fiscal year 2014: (1) at least 50 percent must be expended on activities in
paragraph (a), deleted text beginclausedeleted text endnew text begin clausesnew text end (9)new text begin to (11)new text end; and (2) the remainder must be expended on
activities in paragraph (a), clauses (1) to (7) and (9)new text begin to (11)new text end that advance the county toward
achieving its recycling goal under section 115A.551.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 297H.13, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Allocation of revenues.

(a) deleted text begin$33,760,000, or 70 percent, whichever is
greater,
deleted text end Of the amounts remitted under this chapternew text begin, 75 percent in fiscal years 2016 and
2017, 80 percent in fiscal years 2018 and 2019, and 100 percent thereafter,
new text end must be
credited to the environmental fund established in section 16A.531, subdivision 1.

(b) The remainder new text beginin fiscal years 2016 to 2019 new text endmust be deposited into the general fund.

new text begin (c) Beginning in fiscal year 2016 and continuing each year thereafter, the difference
between the amount deposited in the environmental fund under paragraph (a) and the
amount that would have been deposited under paragraph (a), before being amended by
this act, must be expended on activities in section 115A.557, subdivision 2, paragraph (a),
clauses (1) to (7) and (9) to (11).
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginRECYCLING MARKET DEVELOPMENT; STUDY.
new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency, in consultation with the
commissioner of employment and economic development, the University of Minnesota,
and representatives of Minnesota counties and Minnesota businesses that process
recyclable materials, selected by the commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency, shall
analyze current and projected recycling markets and the potential for developing new
products using recycled materials for the state to consider to assist counties in meeting
the 2030 recycling goals of 75 percent in the metropolitan area and 35 percent in greater
Minnesota. The analysis must:
new text end

new text begin (1) estimate the quantity and quality of recyclables, including source-separated
organics, available currently and projected to 2030;
new text end

new text begin (2) examine current recyclable materials markets available to Minnesota and
opportunities for market growth and diversification;
new text end

new text begin (3) analyze individual components of recyclable materials used in new product
development, focusing on opportunities for value-added processing opportunities;
new text end

new text begin (4) compile a schedule that includes the need for and cost of recycling infrastructure
in areas that are currently unserved or underserved; and
new text end

new text begin (5) report on current and planned research to develop new products incorporating the
use of recycled materials and discuss future research needs and potential funding sources.
new text end

new text begin (b) The analysis must include recommendations on ways the state can advance
opportunities for new product and market development and help to increase the financial
investment necessary for the state to reach its established recycling goals. By February
15, 2017, the commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency shall report the findings and
recommendations of the analysis to the chairs and ranking minority members of the senate
and house of representatives committees with jurisdiction over economic development,
workforce issues, and environment.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 4. new text beginEFFECTIVE RECYCLING EFFORTS REQUIREMENT.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Purpose. new text end

new text begin It is important for state government to serve as a model for
responsible environmental practices and providing leadership in sustainable stewardship
of resources. Minnesota state government should implement exemplary waste reduction,
reuse, and recycling practices, especially in public facilities at the Capitol and all state
agencies. To increase rates of recycling in state and legislative buildings and facilities,
recycling must be convenient, effective, and easy to use.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Requirements. new text end

new text begin The Department of Administration shall partner with the
legislature to implement effective methods for increasing recycling rates and reducing
waste generated at buildings housing a state agency or the legislature.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Methods for increasing recycling. new text end

new text begin Effective methods for increasing
recycling rates and reducing the amount of waste generated by state and legislative
operations must include, but are not limited to, the following:
new text end

new text begin (1) colocation of recycling containers with each trash container;
new text end

new text begin (2) maintenance staff collection of recycling from every location from which they
collect trash;
new text end

new text begin (3) use of containers and signs that are color coded and include graphics to illustrate
what to place in each container; and
new text end

new text begin (4) establish policies requiring employees to recycle and handle waste responsibly.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 5. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin $500,000 in fiscal year 2016 is appropriated from the general fund to the
commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency for completion of the report required under
section 3. This appropriation does not cancel.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end