Bill Text: TX SB649 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced

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Bill Title: Relating to promotion of the use of recyclable materials as feedstock for processing and manufacturing.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-1)

Status: (Passed) 2019-05-20 - Effective on 9/1/19 [SB649 Detail]

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  86R2692 MP-F
  By: Zaffirini S.B. No. 649
  relating to promotion of the use of recyclable materials as
  feedstock for manufacturing.
         SECTION 1.  Section 361.0151, Health and Safety Code, is
  amended by amending Subsection (b) and adding Subsections (c), (d),
  (e), (f), (g), (h), (i), and (j) to read as follows:
         (b)  The commission shall work in conjunction with the Texas
  Economic Development and Tourism Office [Department of Commerce] to
  pursue the development of markets for recycled materials, including
  composting products.
         (c)  In cooperation with the Texas Economic Development and
  Tourism Office, the commission shall produce a plan to stimulate
  the use of recyclable materials as feedstock in manufacturing.
         (d)  The plan must:
               (1)  identify the quantity and type of recyclable
  materials that are being recycled, including paper, plastic, metal,
  glass, vegetative waste, compost, mulch, tires, electronic waste,
  construction and demolition debris, batteries, and paint;
               (2)  identify and estimate the quantity and type of
  recyclable materials that are generated but not being recycled;
               (3)  identify and estimate the current economic
  benefits of recycling materials and the potential economic benefits
  to be gained by recycling materials identified under Subdivision
               (4)  identify the location and processing capacity of
  existing manufacturers that use recyclable materials as feedstock;
               (5)  identify the barriers to increasing the use of
  recyclable materials as feedstock for manufacturers;
               (6)  identify and estimate the need and type of
  manufacturing facilities necessary to consume the existing and
  potential volumes of recyclable materials; and
               (7)  recommend institutional, financial,
  administrative, and physical methods, means, and processes that
  could be applied to increase the use of recyclable materials and to
  stimulate the use of those materials by manufacturers.
         (e)  The plan may not require any generator, collector, or
  processor of recyclable materials to ship to or use any particular
  manufacturing facility.
         (f)  To the extent practicable in preparing the plan, the
  commission shall use methodologies, data, and information derived
  from other recycling economic studies already performed.
         (g)  The commission shall update the plan every five years,
  and in a year in which the plan is updated, the plan shall be
  included in the annual summary of municipal solid waste management
  produced by the municipal solid waste permits section of the
  commission and delivered to the governor and legislature.
         (h)  In cooperation with other state agencies, the
  commission shall develop an education program that must include:
               (1)  the economic benefits of recycling, including job
  creation, economic impact, percent of total solid waste recycled,
  weight and volume of solid waste recycled, and taxes and fees paid
  by the recycling industry;
               (2)  a spotlight of collectors and processors of
  recyclable materials and manufacturers that are using recyclable
  materials as feedstock; and
               (3)  the detrimental effects of contamination in the
  recyclable materials stream and the need to reduce those effects.
         (i)  The commission shall update the education program
  required by Subsection (h) at least every five years.
         (j)  The commission may enter into contracts with public,
  private, and nonprofit organizations to produce the plan required
  by Subsection (c) and the education program required by Subsection
         SECTION 2.  Not later than October 1, 2020, the Texas
  Commission on Environmental Quality shall complete the initial plan
  and education program required under Sections 361.0151(c) and (h),
  Health and Safety Code, as added by this Act.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2019.