Evaluation of solid waste management districts.

Authors: Senator Liz Brown, Senator Rick Niemeyer

Digest

Requires the environmental rules board (board) to adopt rules establishing objective criteria for the evaluation of solid waste management districts and to set quantitative standards by which the numerical score of a district for each criterion may be determined to be "acceptable" or "unacceptable". Allows the board, by placing districts into separate categories for purposes of evaluation, to adjust for factors favoring or inhibiting success in promoting recycling, such as the population and population density of a district, the relative cost of disposing of solid waste in a district, and the distance from a district to establishments that purchase recycled materials. Requires the board to set an overall quantitative standard and to give each district an overall assessment of "acceptable" or "unacceptable" based on the district's numerical scores for all objective criteria. Provides that: (1) if a single county solid waste management district receives one overall assessment of "unacceptable", the board of the district may propose to the county council that the district be dissolved; (2) if a single county solid waste management district receives two consecutive overall assessments of "unacceptable", the county council may dissolve the district; and (3) if a joint solid waste management district receives one overall assessment of "unacceptable", the county council of any county that is a member of the joint district may elect to withdraw from the district. Allows a county, after dissolving its single county solid waste management district or withdrawing from a joint solid waste management district, to no longer be designated as a single county solid waste management district or be a member of a joint solid waste management district.