Bill Text: NH SB79 | 2019 | Regular Session | Amended

Bill Title: Relative to required reporting on waste reduction.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-05-01 - Retained in Committee [SB79 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2019-SB79-Amended.html



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AN ACT relative to required reporting on waste reduction.


SPONSORS: Sen. Feltes, Dist 15


COMMITTEE: Energy and Natural Resources






This bill requires towns to report certain information to the department of environmental services relative to solid waste reduction.


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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

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In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen


AN ACT relative to required reporting on waste reduction.


Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:


1  New Section; State Waste Reduction Goal; Town Annual Reporting.  Amend RSA 149-M by inserting after section 23 the following new section:

149-M:23-a  Minimum Plan Requirements; Town Annual Reporting.  

I.  In furtherance of the solid waste management planning requirements of RSA 149-M:23, all towns shall annually report to the department no later than March 31 whether and to what extent the town has met the state’s goal of achieving a 40 percent minimum weight diversion of solid waste away from landfilling or incineration on a per capita basis, as set forth in RSA 149-M:2.  Each annual report shall include:

(a)  The weight of all solid waste collected by the town during the calendar year prior to the report.

(b)  The weight of solid waste collected by the town that was diverted to recycling, composting, and reuse during the calendar year prior to the report.

(c)  The weight of solid waste collected by the town for recycling that was sent to a landfill or incinerator during the calendar year prior to the report.

(d)  A trend analysis comparing the data contained in subparagraphs (a) through (c) to the same data from every previous annual report.

(e)  A description of programs including Pay-As-You-Throw programs that the town has implemented or is in the process of developing to achieve source reduction, recycling, reuse, and composting.  In describing recycling programs in particular, towns shall specify whether:

(1)  The town is implementing single-stream or multi-stream recycling;

(2)  The town is paying or being paid to have materials taken to be recycled; and

(3)  The town is sending materials collected for recycling to a landfill or incinerator.

II.  The first annual report shall be filed no later than March 31, 2020.  For the first annual report, if all data required in paragraph I is not available for any or some of the prior calendar year, towns shall provide any data that is available and make good faith estimates for the preceding calendar year.    

III.  Towns that are part of a solid waste management district may, at their discretion, rely on the district to provide the town’s annual report, provided such report provides the data required by paragraph I for the town.  

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.