Recycling Reinvented Testifies at Indiana General Assembly

Recycling Reinvented Executive Director Paul Gardner testified at the Indiana General Assembly on September 25 about extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging and printed paper. Click here to view his ‘Scaling Up Best Practices in Recycling’ slide show presentation.

The General Assembly’s Interim Study Committee on Environmental Affairs had its second of three meetings on September 25. The bi-partisan and bicameral committee has a legislative objective of hearing ideas for how to increase recycling in the state. A bill to create the committee passed due to interest by the glass, paper, and aluminum industries in getting more raw material from Indiana communities. (Relevant text of the bill is below.) The committee will not make recommendations but will compile ideas into a report.

Other speakers that day represented the Indiana Recycling Coalition; the American Chemistry Council; Northbridge Environmental; Ardaugh Group; Glass Packaging Institute; Glass, Molders, Pottery International Union Local 96; Pratt Industries; Northeast Indiana Solid Waste Management District; and National Waste and Recycling Association, Indiana Chapter. Click here for copies of their presentations and handouts, as well as archived video of the hearing . Click here for the September 25 meeting to watch archived video of the hearing and view other presentations.

Relevant text from Indiana House Bill 1183, passed in 2014:

Sec. 16.

(a) The general assembly urges the legislative council to assign to the appropriate study committee for the 2014 interim period the tasks set forth in this section.

(b) Not later than November 1, 2014, the appropriate study committee assigned the task under subsection (a) shall produce a written report that includes the following:

(1) An analysis of all policy options that would increase the recycling of municipal solid waste in Indiana, and a good faith estimate of the number of tons of municipal solid waste that would be recovered from the waste stream in Indiana for recycling into new products as the result of the implementation of each policy option.

(2) An analysis of the role of the solid waste management districts established under IC 13-21-3 and how the solid waste management districts can help to increase the rate of recycling in Indiana.

(3) An analysis of the role of the Indiana recycling market development board created by IC 4-23-5.5-2 and how the recycling market development board can help to increase the rate of recycling in Indiana.

(4) An analysis of the role of the state solid waste management fund established by IC 13-20-22-2 and how the state solid waste management fund can help to increase the rate of recycling in Indiana.

(5) An analysis of alternatives to landfill disposal of municipal waste and the relationship of these alternatives to increasing the rate of recycling in Indiana.

(c) The report produced under subsection (b) must include all written testimony and materials presented to the study committee concerning the subjects set forth in subsection (b)(1) through(b)(5), including citations to all sources referenced or relied upon. However, the report must not:

(1) make recommendations concerning; or

(2) otherwise limit consideration of any policy option for increasing the recycling of municipal solid waste for any reason.

(d) This section expires December 31, 2014