CHAPTER 45--S.F.No. 510
relating to solid waste; amending process for cities to implement
organized collection of solid waste;amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, section
115A.94, subdivisions 2, 5, by adding subdivisions; repealing Minnesota Statutes
2012, section 115A.94, subdivision 4.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2012, 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
subdivision 4 subdivisions 4a to 4d
. 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.
Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 115A.94, is amended by adding a subdivision
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 collection options
committee to identify, examine, and evaluate various methods of organized collection.
The governing body shall appoint the committee members.
(b) The organized collection options committee is subject to chapter 13D.
Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 115A.94, is amended by adding a subdivision
Subd. 4b. Committee duties. The committee established under subdivision 4a shall:
(1) determine which methods of organized collection to examine, which must include:
(i) a system in which a single collector collects solid waste from all sections of
a city or town; and
(ii) 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 collection methods selected
for examination will be evaluated, which may include: costs to residential subscribers,
miles driven by collection vehicles on city streets and alleys, initial and operating costs
to the city of implementing the organized 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 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 2012, section 115A.94, is amended by adding a subdivision
Subd. 4c. Governing body; implementation. The governing body of the city or
town shall consider the report and recommendations of the organized 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 2012, section 115A.94, is amended by adding a subdivision
Subd. 4d. Participating collectors proposal requirement. Prior to 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 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 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 2012, 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
(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
subdivision 4 subdivisions 4a to
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. 7. REPEALER.
Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 115A.94, subdivision 4, is repealed.
Sec. 8. EFFECTIVE DATE.
This act is effective the day following final enactment.
Presented to the governor May 3, 2013
Signed by the governor May 7, 2013, 10:57 a.m.