Create a Sustainable Solution to the Handling, Management and Disposal of Solid Waste in the State

Last updated: Jan 27, 2017

Details about this bill
Category: Environmental
Status: Passed
Sponsor: Representative Richard Campbell, House 40
Session: 127
Bill #: LD 313

Position:

Monitoring. This bill can possibly be a vehicle to enact product stewardship for alkaline batteries. It is a carryover bill from 2015.

UPDATE 4/15/16: This bill has been passed and signed by the Governor.

UPDATE 3/10/16: The ENR Committee voted to pass this bill with the same language as LD 1578 but without the controversial battery legislation. 

Summary:

This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to implement recommendations from the Department of Environmental Protection relating to solid waste handling, management and disposal issues identified in a letter dated March 24, 2014 to the Department of Environmental Protection from the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.

Specifically, this bill would enact measures designed to:

1. Provide incentives for and encourage the increased use of methods of source reduction, reuse, recycling and composting as a means of achieving the state-mandated recycling goal of 50% under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 38, section 2132, together with a method for accurately measuring future achievements toward that goal;

2. Achieve economic stabilization of the 3 existing waste-to-energy facilities in the State by January 1, 2016, with options for funding that stabilization;

3. Develop a plan to minimize the need for future expansion of landfill capacity in Maine, including state-owned landfills;

4. Identify additional strategies to increase the beneficial use of waste materials, particularly where there are potential economic benefits to be derived from these materials; and

5. Develop other components of an overall comprehensive implementation plan necessary and appropriate to better advance the goals of the State's solid waste management hierarchy under Title 38, section 2101.