Thursday, May 2, 2013 2:30 PM
Cross Building, Room 216, Augusta
Written testimony that was submitted at the Public Hearing on LD 1363, the bill to define Maine waste as waste genereated in Maine, and restore local control, can be seen at: http://mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?paper=HP0971&snum=126&PID=1456#
Between now and Thursday’s work session it will be important to communicate with committee members, address concerns, and compile source materials for the work session. Contact information for Commitee Members available at: https://dontwasteme.wordpress.com/contact-members-of-the-committee-on-environment-natural-resources/
An Act to Preserve Landfill Capacity and Promote Recycling
Sponsored by Rep. Chipman
CoSponsored by: Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington; Representative DORNEY of Norridgewock; Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot; Representative GUERIN of Glenburn; Representative LIBBY of Lewiston; Representative MITCHELL of the Penobscot Nation; Senator PATRICK of Oxford; Representative PEAVEY HASKELL of Milford; Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset
Public Hearing Testimony: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?PID=1456&snum=126&paper=&paperld=l&ld=1363#
Summary: This bill amends the definition of waste generated in the State by providing that residue and bypass must have been generated from waste that originated in the State to be considered waste generated in the State.
The bill also allows municipalities to enact ordinances with respect to solid waste facilities that contain standards that are stricter than state law.
The bill also imposes a one-year moratorium on the issuance of licenses for expanded landfills. It directs the Department of Environmental Protection to study and identify best practices to reduce the amount of solid waste disposed in landfills, increase recycling of solid waste and generate revenue from recycling for municipalities. The department is required to report its findings to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.
* LD 907
An Act To Encourage Recycling
Sponsored By: Representative STANLEY of Medway
Cosponsored By: Senator JACKSON of Aroostook
Public Hearing Testimony: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=907&PID=1456&snum=126#
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill proposes to impose a fee of $15 per ton on the disposal of solid waste at solid waste disposal facilities and solid waste processing facilities. The fee is also imposed on the movement of solid waste from one solid waste facility to another solid waste facility. Under the bill, no category of solid waste may be exempted from the fee and the fee must be paid to the State. Revenue from the fee must be distributed as follows.
1. The first priority must be given to providing grants to municipalities for costs related to the fee:
A. For recyclable materials, a municipality may receive grants equal to 1.3 times the fee paid by the municipality for disposal of the recyclable materials;
B. For all other materials, a municipality may receive grants equal to the fee paid by the municipality for disposal of the materials; and
C. The total grants awarded to municipalities may not exceed the total revenue collected from the $15 per ton fee.
2. Revenue in excess of municipal grants must be distributed to school districts. The amount distributed to each school district must be computed by dividing the revenue from the fee in excess of grants to municipalities by the total number of students in prekindergarten to 12th grade in the State and multiplying the quotient by the number of students in the school district.
* LD 1292
An Act To Minimize the Use of Plastic Bags
Sponsored By: Representative McGOWAN of York
Cosponsored By: Representative BEAVERS of South Berwick; Representative CASSIDY of Lubec; Representative DEVIN of Newcastle; Representative EVANGELOS of Friendship; Representative HARLOW of Portland; Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln; Representative NOON of Sanford; Representative WELSH of Rockport
Public Hearing Testimony: http://mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?paper=HP0919&snum=126&PID=1456#
Summary: This bill requires a retailer to assess a 10¢ surcharge for a plastic bag designed for one-time use distributed to a customer at the point of retail sale. A retailer retains 2¢ from the surcharge for administrative costs. The revenues from the plastic bag surcharge are credited to the Plastics Recycling Fund administered by the Department of Environmental Protection for the purpose of promoting recycling efforts related to plastics. A retailer may provide recyclable paper bags to bag products at the point of sale. A retailer must provide reusable bags for purchase by a customer.