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     STATE OF RHODE ISLAND

IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2022

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A N   A C T

RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- REFUSE DISPOSAL

     

     Introduced By: Senators Lombardo, F Lombardi, Ciccone, Gallo, and Archambault

     Date Introduced: March 24, 2022

     Referred To: Senate Judiciary

     It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:

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     SECTION 1. Legislative Findings.

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     The general assembly finds and declares that:

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     (1) Rhode Island is committed to a clean environment and protection of its natural

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resources;

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     (2) The life of Rhode Island resource recovery's central landfill is not expected to exceed

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2038, with limited ability to expand and/or relocate;

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     (3) Rhode Island has embarked innovative solutions to tackle its environmental challenges,

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including "Let's Recycle Right." In 2021 CNBC ranked Rhode Island 46th in its annual "Top States

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for Business." Innovative solutions are ready to put Rhode Island closer to the top of the list;

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     (4) Economic recovery in Rhode Island, post COVID is important to the well-being of all

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Rhode Islanders;

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     (5) Rhode Island is committed to a clean environment and protection of its natural

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resources. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized that reusing and recycling

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materials conserves natural resources, reduces waste, prevents pollution, reduces greenhouse

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gasses contributing to climate change and serves as an important economic driver, helping to create

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jobs and tax revenue; and

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     (6) The purpose of this chapter is to facilitate globally recognized state of the art

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technologies in Rhode Island as they relate to clean, post-consumer recycled plastic. Rhode Island

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stands to be the leader in New England joining over fifteen (15) states who have adopted this

 

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legislation. Rhode Island has the potential to be nationally and internationally recognized as a state

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that is encouraging innovation, by looking to the future in solving its environmental challenges.

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     SECTION 2. Section 23-18.9-7 of the General Laws in Chapter 23-18.9 entitled "Refuse

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Disposal" is hereby amended to read as follows:

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     23-18.9-7. Definitions.

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     As used in this chapter, the following terms shall, where the context permits, be construed

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as follows:

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     (1)(3)"Beneficial reuse material" means a processed, nonhazardous, solid waste not already

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defined as recyclable material by this chapter and by regulations of the Rhode Island department

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of environmental management that the director has determined can be reused in an environmentally

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beneficial manner without creating potential threats to public health, safety, welfare, or the

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environment or creating potential nuisance conditions.

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     (2)(4) "Beneficial use determination" (BUD) means the case-by-case process by which the

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director evaluates a proposal to use a specific solid waste as a beneficial reuse material for a specific

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purpose at a specific location within the host municipality.

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     (3)(5) "Cocktailing" means the adding, combining, or mixing of hazardous waste as

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defined in § 23-19.1-4 with construction debris and demolition debris.

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     (4)(6) "Construction and demolition (C&D) debris" means non-hazardous solid waste

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resulting from the construction, remodeling, repair, and demolition of utilities and structures and

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uncontaminated solid waste resulting from land clearing. This waste includes, but is not limited to,

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wood (including painted, treated, and coated wood, and wood products); land-clearing debris; wall

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coverings; plaster; drywall; plumbing fixtures; non-asbestos insulation; roofing shingles and other

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roof coverings; glass; plastics that are not sealed in a manner that conceals other wastes, empty

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buckets ten (10) gallons or less in size and having no more than one inch of residue remaining on

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the bottom; electrical wiring and components containing no hazardous liquids; and pipe and metals

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that are incidental to any of the previously described waste. Solid waste that is not C&D debris

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(even if resulting from the construction, remodeling, repair, and demolition of utilities, structures

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and roads; land clearing) includes, but is not limited to, asbestos; waste; garbage; corrugated

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container board; electrical fixtures containing hazardous liquids, such as fluorescent light ballasts

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or transformers; fluorescent lights; carpeting; furniture; appliances; tires; drums; containers greater

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than ten gallons (10 gals.) in size; any containers having more than one inch of residue remaining

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on the bottom; and fuel tanks. Specifically excluded from the definition of construction and

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demolition debris is solid waste (including what otherwise would be construction and demolition

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debris) resulting from any processing technique, other than that employed at a department-approved

 

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C&D debris processing facility, that renders individual waste components unrecognizable, such as

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pulverizing or shredding.

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     (5)(7) "Construction and demolition debris processing facility" means a solid waste

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management facility that receives and processes construction and demolition debris. These

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facilities must demonstrate, through records maintained at the facility and provided to the

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department, that seventy-five percent (75%) of all material received by the facility is processed and

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removed from the site within six (6) weeks of receipt on a continuous basis, and that in no case

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stores material on site for over three (3) months; provided, however, these facilities do not include

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municipal compost facilities.

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     (6)(8) "Construction and demolition debris separation facility" means a facility that

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receives, separates, and/or screens construction and demolition debris into its components for

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subsequent resale or processing that includes, but is not limited to, grinding, shredding, crushing,

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or landfilling at another location separate and apart from the location on which the separation

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occurs.

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     (7)(9) "Director" means the director of the department of environmental management or

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any subordinate or subordinates to whom the director has delegated the powers and duties vested

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in him or her by this chapter.

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     (8)(10) "Expansion" means any increase in volume, size, or scope, either vertically,

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horizontally, or otherwise; provided, however, that this section does not apply to the vertical

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expansion of the Charlestown municipal landfill until the closure date of July 1, 2000.

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     (9)(11) "Person" includes an individual, firm, partnership, association, and private or

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municipal corporation.

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     (10)(14) "Recyclable materials" means those materials separated from solid waste for

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reuse. The director of the department of environmental management, through regulations, shall

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specify those materials that are to be included within the definition of recyclables. The materials to

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be included may change from time to time depending upon new technologies, economic conditions,

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waste stream characteristics, environmental effects, or other factors.

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     (11)(15) "Segregated solid waste" means material separated from other solid waste for

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reuse, but does not include, post-use polymers or recovered feedstocks that are:

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     (i) Converted at an advanced recycling facility;

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     (ii) Held at such a facility prior to conversion to ensure production is not interrupted; or

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     (iii) Stored offsite with the intent that they will be converted at an advanced recycling

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facility, but before delivery to such a facility.

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     (12)(16) "Solid waste" means garbage, refuse, tree waste as defined by subsection (14) of

 

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this section, and other discarded solid materials generated by residential, institutional, commercial,

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industrial, and agricultural sources, but does not include solids or dissolved material in domestic

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sewage or sewage sludge or dredge material as defined in chapter 6.1 of title 46, nor does it include

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hazardous waste as defined in chapter 19.1 of this title, nor does it include used asphalt, concrete,

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or Portland concrete cement. Solid waste does not include post-use polymers or recovered

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feedstocks that are:

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     (i) Converted at an advanced recycling facility;

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     (ii) Held at such a facility prior to conversion; or

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     (iii) Stored offsite with the intent that they will be converted at an advanced recycling

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facility, but before delivery to such a facility.

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     (13)(17) "Solid waste management facility" means any plant, structure, equipment, real

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and personal property, except mobile equipment or incinerators with a capacity of less than one

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thousand pounds (1,000 lbs.) per hour, operated for the purpose of processing, treating, or disposing

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of solid waste but not segregated solid waste. Any solid waste management facility that stores waste

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materials containing gypsum on site over three (3) months must install and maintain an active gas

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collection system approved by the department of environment management. Solid waste

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management facilities do not include advanced recycling facilities.

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     (14)(18)(i) "Tree waste" means all parts of a tree, including stumps, branches, and logs that

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shall be considered solid waste for purposes of this chapter unless the tree waste meets the following

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criteria:

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     (A) The tree waste remains on the property where it was generated; or

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     (B) The tree waste remains in the possession of the person who generated it and is stored

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above the ground surface, on property that the same person controls, for purposes of recycling and

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reuse; or

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     (C) The tree waste, whether generated on or off-site, is being actively managed as a usable

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wood product such as landscape mulch, wood chips, firewood, or mulch.

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     (ii) The application of the criteria set forth in this section shall not be deemed to abrogate,

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diminish, or impair the enforcement of the requirements established pursuant to chapter 28.1 of this

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title or the authority of the state and/or a city or town to protect the public health, safety, or welfare

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from a public nuisance resulting from the storage and handling of tree waste.

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     (15)(19) "Organic waste material" means the organic material portion of the solid waste

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stream, including, but not limited to, food scraps, food processing residue, and soiled or

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unrecyclable paper that has been separated from nonorganic material.

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     (16)(20) "Composting facility" means land, appurtenances, structures, or equipment where

 

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organic materials originating from another process or location that have been separated at the point

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or source of generation from nonorganic material are recovered using a process of accelerated

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biological decomposition of organic material under controlled aerobic conditions.

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     (17)(21) "Anaerobic digestion facility" means a facility employing a closed vessel to

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perform a closed process of accelerated biodegradation of organic materials and/or organic solid

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wastes into biogas and digestate, using microorganisms under controlled conditions in the absence

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of oxygen.

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     (18)(22) "Other authorized recycling method" means:

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     (i) Recycling organic waste material on site or treating organic waste material via on-site

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organic treatment equipment permitted pursuant to the general laws or federal law; or

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     (ii) Diverting organic waste material for agricultural use, including consumption by

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animals.

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     (19)(23) "Covered entity" means each commercial food wholesaler or distributor, industrial

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food manufacturer or processor, supermarket, resort or conference center, banquet hall, restaurant,

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religious institution, military installation, prison, corporation, hospital or other medical care

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institution, and casino.

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     (20)(24) "Covered educational institution" means a higher educational or research

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institution.

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     (21)(25) "Covered educational facility" means a building or group of two (2) or more

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interconnected buildings owned or used by a covered educational institution at which organic waste

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materials are generated.

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     (1) "Advanced recycling" means a manufacturing process for the conversion of post-use

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polymers and recovered feedstock into basic hydrocarbon raw materials, feedstocks, chemicals,

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and other products like waxes and lubricants through thermochemical processes that convert

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plastics into their basic molecular components. The recycled products produced at advanced

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recycling facilities include, but are not limited to, recycled plastics, monomers, oligomers, plastics,

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plastics and chemical feedstocks, basic and unfinished chemicals, waxes, lubricants, and coatings.

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Advanced recycling shall not be considered resource recovery, materials recovery, treatment,

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utilization, conversion, waste processing, reconstituting, waste management, incineration,

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combustion, or disposal.

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     (2) "Advanced recycling facility" means a facility that receives, stores and converts post-

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use polymers and recovered feedstocks it receives using advanced recycling. An advanced

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recycling facility is a manufacturing facility subject to applicable department manufacturing

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regulations for air, water, waste, and land use. Advanced recycling facilities shall not be considered

 

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solid waste management facilities, waste processing facilities, resource recovery facilities,

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materials recovery facilities, intermediate processing facilities, or incinerators.

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     (12) "Post-use polymer" means a plastic polymer to which all of the following apply:

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     (i) It is derived from any industrial, commercial, agricultural, or domestic activities.

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     (ii) It is not mixed with solid waste or hazardous waste onsite or during conversion at the

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advanced recycling facility.

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     (iii) The plastic's use or intended use is as a feedstock for the manufacturing of feedstocks,

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other basic hydrocarbons, raw materials, or other intermediate products or final products using

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advanced recycling.

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     (iv) The plastic has been sorted from solid waste and other regulated waste but may contain

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residual amounts of solid waste such as organic material and incidental contaminants or impurities

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(e.g., paper labels and metal rings).

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     (v) The plastic is converted at an advanced recycling facility or held at such facility prior

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to conversion. Post-use polymer shall not be considered co-mingled recyclable materials.

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     (13) "Recovered feedstock" means one or more of the following materials, derived from

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recoverable waste, that has been converted so that it may be used as feedstock in an advanced

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recycling facility:

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     (i) Post-use polymers.

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     (ii) Materials for which the United States Environmental Protection Agency has made a

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nonwaste determination under 40 C.F.R. 241.3(c) or has otherwise determined are feedstock and

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not solid waste.

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     (iii) Recovered feedstock does not include unprocessed municipal solid waste.

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     (iv) Recovered feedstock is not mixed with solid waste or hazardous waste onsite or during

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conversion at an advanced recycling facility.

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     (v) Recovered feedstock shall not be considered co-mingled recyclable materials.

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     SECTION 3. Title 23 of the General Laws entitled "HEALTH AND SAFETY" is hereby

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amended by adding thereto the following chapter:

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CHAPTER 18.18

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PLASTICS RECYCLING MANDATE

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     23-18.18-1. Definitions.

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     The following terms and phrases used in this chapter shall, where context permits, be

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construed as follows:

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     (1) "Advanced recycling feedstocks" means post-use polymer and recovered feedstocks.

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Advanced recycling feedstocks shall not be considered solid wastes.

 

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     (2) "Advanced recycling product" means materials produced through mass balance

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attribution and/or directly through conversion of advanced recycling feedstocks using advanced

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recycling processes, and include, but are not limited to, monomers, oligomers, plastics, plastics and

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chemical feedstocks, specialty chemicals, basic chemicals, chemical intermediates, unfinished

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chemicals, waxes, lubricants, coatings, asphalt blends, other basic hydrocarbons, and other

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products. Advanced recycling products shall not be considered solid waste.

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     (3) "Approved certification system" means an accounting and recordkeeping program

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developed by the director to facilitate implementation of the plastic recycling mandate.

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     (4) "Attribution" means a methodology by which a manufacturer using mass balance under

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an approved certification system attributes an equivalent mass of the advanced recycling feedstocks

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inputted into its advanced recycling process, adjusted for losses, across the mass of one or more of

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the advanced recycling products manufactured in connection with that process.

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     (5) "Certified compostable products" means products that are certified by a recognized

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third-party independent verification body as meeting international standard specifications ASTM

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D6400, "Specifications for Labeling of Plastics Designed to be Aerobically Composed in

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Municipal or Industrial Facilities" or ASTM D6868 "Standard Specification for Labeling of End

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Items that Incorporate Plastics and Polymers as Coatings or Additives with Paper and Other

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Substrates Designed to be Aerobically Composted in Municipal or Industrial Facilities," as

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amended.

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     (6) "Consumer commodity" or "commodity" means any article, product, good or

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commodity of any kind or class which is customarily produced or distributed for sale through retail

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sales agencies or instrumentalities for consumption or use.

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     (7) "Mass balance" means an auditable chain of custody method that enables the attribution

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of the mass of advanced recycling feedstocks to one or more advanced recycling products produced

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in connection with the advanced recycling process within a predefined system boundary and within

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a given booking period (usually one year) and adjusted for losses.

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     (8) "Marketers" means persons which:

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     (i) Either manufacture or purchase manufactured consumer commodities, food or

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beverages, and

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     (ii) Enclose, contain, store, protect, preserve, or identify those consumer commodities, food

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or beverages in plastic packaging for sale, market, or distribution within the state.

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     (9) "Mechanical recycling" means operations that recycle plastic via physical processes,

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such as grinding, washing, separating, drying, melting, re-granulating, and compounding.

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     (10) "Plastic" means any material made of polymeric organic compounds derived from

 

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monomers and additives that can be shaped by flow.

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     (11) "Plastics packaging" means any immediate container or wrapping in which the

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principal structural element is composed of plastics that is used to enclose, contain, store, protect,

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preserve, transport, or identify consumer commodities, food, or beverages for use in the sale of the

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consumer commodities, food, or beverages.

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     (12) "Recycled plastics" or "recycled plastic" means plastics certified under an approved

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certification system and produced:

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     (i) From mechanical recycling using pre-consumer recovered materials, and post-consumer

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materials; or

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     (ii) From advanced recycling feedstocks or advanced recycling products using mass

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balance attribution. The term "recycled content" shall have the same meaning as recycled plastics.

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Recycled plastics shall not be considered solid waste.

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     23-18.18-2. Mandates.

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     (a) Applicability.

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     (1) Entities subject to the minimum mandate for recycled plastics in plastics packaging in

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their annual portfolios are marketers.

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     (2) Recycled plastics or the feedstocks and/or materials used to produce recycled plastics

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can be sourced within or outside the state.

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     (3) The mandate shall apply to marketers’ total annual portfolio of plastics packaging in

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the state, except for plastics packaging:

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     (i) Manufactured from certified compostable products; or

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     (ii) Subject to electrostatic discharge restrictions.

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     (b) Minimum annual recycled plastics mandate. Not later 2030, a marketer’s annual

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portfolio of plastics packaging sold, marketed, and distributed in the state shall include thirty

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percent (30%) recycled plastics.

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     (c) A person subject to the minimum mandate for recycled plastics in plastic packaging in

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their annual portfolio not in compliance with this act shall submit to the department a plan subject

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to departmental approval to comply with this chapter.

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     SECTION 4. Section 23-19-5 of the General Laws in Chapter 23-19 entitled "Rhode Island

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Resource Recovery Corporation" is hereby amended to read as follows:

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     23-19-5. Definitions.

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     The following words and phrases have the meanings ascribed to them in this section unless

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the context clearly indicates otherwise:

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     (1) "Advanced recycling" means a manufacturing process for the conversion of post-use

 

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polymers and recovered feedstocks into basic hydrocarbon raw materials, feedstocks, chemicals,

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and other products like waxes and lubricants through thermochemical processes that convert

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plastics into their basic molecular components. The recycled products produced at advanced

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recycling facilities include, but are not limited to, certified recycled plastics, monomers, oligomers,

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plastics, plastics and chemical feedstocks, basic and unfinished chemicals, waxes, lubricants, and

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coatings. Advanced recycling shall not be considered resource recovery, materials recovery,

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treatment, utilization, conversion, waste processing, reconstituting, waste management,

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incineration, combustion, or disposal.

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     (2) "Advanced recycling facility" means a facility that receives, stores and converts post-

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use polymers and recovered feedstocks it receives using advanced recycling. An advanced

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recycling facility is a manufacturing facility subject to applicable department manufacturing

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regulations for air, water, waste, and land use. Advanced recycling facilities shall not be considered

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solid waste management facilities, resource recovery facilities, materials recovery facilities,

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intermediate processing facilities, waste processing facilities, or incinerators.

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     (1)(3) "Bonds and notes" means bonds, including without limitation refunding bonds,

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notes, including without limitation renewal notes and bond anticipation notes, and other obligations

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or evidences of indebtedness of the corporation issued pursuant to the provisions of this chapter

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and the resolutions of the corporation.

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     (2)(4) "Central landfill" means the central landfill located in Johnston.

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     (3)(5) "Corporation" means the Rhode Island resource recovery corporation created and

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established pursuant to this chapter.

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     (4)(6) "Landfill revenues" means the surplus, if any, of all tipping fees and other revenues

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received at the central landfill over the annual costs of the landfill, and a pro-rata share of the

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corporation's administrative expenses.

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     (5)(7) "Municipal solid waste" means that solid waste generated by the residents of a

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municipality in the course of their daily living, the disposal of which the governing body of that

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municipality has undertaken in the discharge of its duties to protect the health of the municipality.

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Municipal solid waste does not include solid waste generated by residents of a municipality in the

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course of their employment or that generated by any manufacturing or commercial enterprise.

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     (6)(8) "Municipal solid waste disposal arrangements" means those arrangements entered

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into by a municipality which provide for the final disposal of wastes in a manner approved by the

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department of health, the department of environmental management, and the corporation; provided,

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however, that the disposal of wastes in transfer stations or facilities for interim storage shall not

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constitute final disposal of the wastes.

 

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     (7)(9) "Municipality" means any town or city within the state.

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     (8)(10)"Person" means any individual, firm, institution, partnership, association or

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corporation, public, or private, organized or existing under the laws of the state or other states

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including federal corporations, but excluding municipalities.

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     (11) "Post-use polymer" means a plastic polymer to which all of the following apply:

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     (i) It is derived from any industrial, commercial, agricultural, or domestic activities.

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     (ii) It is not mixed with solid waste or hazardous waste onsite or during conversion at the

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advanced recycling facility.

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     (iii) The plastic’s use or intended use is as a feedstock for the manufacturing of feedstocks,

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blendstocks, other basic hydrocarbons, raw materials, or other intermediate products or final

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products using advanced recycling.

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     (iv) The plastic has been sorted from solid waste and other regulated waste but may contain

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residual amounts of solid waste such as organic material and incidental contaminants or impurities

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(e.g., paper labels and metal rings).

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     (v) The plastic is converted at an advanced recycling facility or held at such facility prior

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to conversion. Post-use polymer shall not be considered co-mingled recyclable materials.

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     (9)(12) "Project" means the design, acquisition, ownership, operation, construction,

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rehabilitation, improvement, development, sale, lease, or other disposition of, or the provision of

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financing for, any solid waste management facility or the industrial and/or business parks in the

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town of Johnston authorized by § 23-19-9(a)(7) and the highway access authorized by § 23-19-

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10.3.

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     (13) "Recovered feedstock" means one or more of the following materials, derived from

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recoverable waste, that has been converted so that it may be used as feedstock in an advanced

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recycling facility:

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     (i) Post-use polymers.

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     (ii) Materials for which the United States Environmental Protection Agency has made a

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nonwaste determination under 40 C.F.R. 241.3(c) or has otherwise determined are feedstocks and

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not solid waste.

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     (iii) Recovered feedstock does not include unprocessed municipal solid waste.

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     (iv) Recovered feedstock is not mixed with solid waste or hazardous waste onsite or during

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conversion at an advanced recycling facility.

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     (v) Recovered feedstock shall not be considered co-mingled recyclable materials.

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     (10)(14) "Recyclable materials" means those materials separated from solid waste for

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reuse. The director of the department of environmental management through regulations shall

 

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specify those materials that are to be included within the definition of recyclables. The materials to

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be included may change from time to time depending upon new technologies, economic conditions,

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characteristics of the waste stream, environmental effects, or other factors.

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     (11)(15) "Recycling" means the reuse of recovered resources in manufacturing, agriculture,

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power production, or other processes.

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     (12)(16)"Resource recovery" means the processing of solid wastes in such a way as to

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produce materials or energy that may be used in manufacturing, agriculture, and other processes.

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     (13)(17) "Resource recovery system" means the corporation's integrated system of resource

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recovery consisting of a series of waste processing facilities designed to process a minimum of

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seventy percent (70%) of the municipal and commercial solid waste streams by employing an on-

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site waste separation technology for the purpose of recycling and/or reusing a minimum of seventy

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percent (70%) of the solid waste stream, and minimal use of landfills for the purpose of providing

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temporary backup or bypass landfill capacity and residue disposal from waste processing facilities

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and any other related facilities and services.

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     (14)(18) "Resource recovery system costs" means all operating costs of the system; debt

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service and other financing costs related to the resource recovery system; the costs of recycling

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grants-in-aid and similar obligations of the corporation; allocations for extraordinary and

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unexpected costs; and a pro-rata share of the corporation's administrative expenses.

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     (15)(19) "Resource recovery system revenues" means all amounts received by the

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corporation as municipal tipping fees, non-municipal tipping fees, energy revenues, revenues from

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the sale of recyclable materials, and all other revenues received with respect to the resource

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recovery system, but shall not include any landfill revenues and any amounts received as a state

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subsidy.

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     (16)(20) "Revenues" means monies or income received by the corporation in whatever

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form, including but not limited to fees, charges, lease payments, interest payments on investments,

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payments due and owing on account of an instrument, contract, or agreement between the

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corporation, any municipality, or person, gifts, grants, or any other monies or payments to which

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the corporation is entitled under the provisions of this chapter or any other law, or of any agreement,

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contract, or indenture.

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     (17)(21) "Segregated solid waste" means material which has been separated from the waste

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stream at the generation source for the purpose of recovering and recycling the materials but does

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not include post-use polymers or recovered feedstocks.

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     (18)(22) "Solid waste" means garbage, refuse, sludge from a waste treatment plant, water

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supply treatment plant, or air pollution control facility and other discarded materials, including

 

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solid, liquid, semisolid, or contained gaseous material generated by residential, institutional,

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commercial, industrial, and agricultural sources but does not include solids or dissolved materials

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in domestic sewage. Solid waste does not include post-use polymers or recovered feedstocks.

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     (19)(23) "Solid waste management facility" means any plant, structure, equipment, and

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other property, real, personal, or mixed, or the modification or replacement of any of the foregoing,

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for the receipt, storage, treatment, utilization, processing, transporting, or final disposition of or

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recovery of resources from solid waste other than segregated solid waste, or any facility which

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disposes of solid waste by reconstituting, converting, or otherwise recycling it into material which

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is not waste; or any property or system to be used in whole or in part for any of the previously

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mentioned purposes, whether or not another purpose is also served by it; or any other property or

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system incidental to, or which has to do with, or the end purpose of which, is any of the foregoing;

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or any combination of two (2) or more of the foregoing. Solid waste management facilities do not

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include advanced recycling facilities.

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     (20)(24) "Statewide resource recovery system development plan" means that plan which

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will specify the location, size, and type of solid waste management facilities that may be required

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to develop an integrated statewide resource recovery system for the effective management of solid

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waste in Rhode Island. It will also specify a proposed schedule by which the component facilities

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will be phased into the statewide system, and it will provide for the administrative and financial

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requirements for implementing the plan.

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     (21)(25) "Waste management" means actions taken to effectuate the receipt, storage,

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transportation, and processing for resource recovery and recycling, or for the ultimate disposal, of

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solid waste.

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     (22)(26) "Waste processing facility" means a solid waste facility employing recycling

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based technology employing an on-site waste separation technology designed to process both

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nonsource separated and source separated solid waste for the purpose of recycling, and/or

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composting, and/or reusing a minimum of seventy percent (70%) of the municipal and commercial

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solid waste streams.

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     SECTION 5. This act shall take effect upon passage.

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EXPLANATION

BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

OF

A N   A C T

RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- REFUSE DISPOSAL

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     This act would provide a definition for "advanced recycling" and "advanced recycling

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facility" which would mean a facility and recycling process that receives, stores and converts post-

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use polymers and recovered feedstocks it receives using advanced recycling and would establish a

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plastics recycling mandate for certain businesses.

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     This act would take effect upon passage.

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