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Senate committee hears solid waste bill

On Tuesday, the Senate Commerce, Energy and the Environment Committee conducted a hearing on SB 152, sponsored by Senator Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau).  This act modifies provisions relating to solid waste.  Major provisions include:

  1. Changes to the frequency of financial audits for solid waste management districts;

  2. Includes textiles to the requirement that districts address;

  3. Prohibits solid waste management district executive board from performing projects that compete with a qualified private enterprise;

  4. Extends the moratorium on increasing the demolition landfill tipping fee and the transfer station tipping fee to 2027.

  5. Lists the criteria that districts may use in establishing district grant priorities;

  6. Establishes a timeline for which the Department of Natural Resources is required to either approve or deny an application;

  7. Makes changes in the composition of the Solid Waste Advisory Board.

Senator Wallingford told the committee that the bill was the result of the work of an interim committee that received input from stakeholders.  Witnesses in favor included several private waste provider companies, Associated Industries of Missouri, the National Waste and Recycling Association and the St. Louis – Jefferson Solid Waste Management District.  These representatives said that the interim work on solid waste management districts and issues resulted in many compromises to arrive at the language in the bill.  The only concern raised was the extension of the moratorium on increasing tipping fees.

There were no witnesses in opposition and the committee took no action on the measure.

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