Implement Recommendations of the Department of Environmental Protection Regarding the State's Product Stewardship Program Framework Laws

Last updated: Jun 10, 2019

Details about this bill
Category: Environmental
Status: Passed
Sponsor: Representative Ralph Tucker, House 50
Session: 129
Bill #: LD 1649




This bill, which is reported out by the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources pursuant to Joint Order 2019, H.P. 883, implements the Department of Environmental Protection's recommendations regarding the State's product stewardship program framework laws, as included in the department's annual report on the State's product stewardship programs.

This bill makes a number of changes to the State's product stewardship program framework laws including the following.

1. It revises program parameters with respect to the establishment of a product collection system, program staffing requirements for producers or stewardship organizations and program costs.

2. It revises the requirements for information to be included in a proposed product stewardship plan, including information on program performance goals and program assessment, collection sites and consumer participation and program financing.

3. It authorizes the department to initiate changes to an approved product stewardship plan upon a determination that the program has failed to make adequate progress toward achieving program goals.

4. It revises annual program reporting requirements for producers and stewardship organizations and amends the authority for legislation of the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over natural resources matters relating to the department's annual product stewardship report.