Title 23
Health and Safety

Chapter 18.9
Refuse Disposal

R.I. Gen. Laws 23-18.9-17



 23-18.9-17.  Food waste ban.


(a) On and after January 1, 2016, each covered entity and each covered educational institution shall ensure that the organic-waste materials that are generated by the covered entity or at the covered educational facility are recycled at an authorized composting facility or anaerobic digestion facility or by another authorized recycling method if:

(1) The covered entity or covered educational facility generates not less than one hundred four (104) tons per year of organic-waste material; and

(2) The covered entity or covered educational facility is located not more than fifteen (15) miles from an authorized composting facility or anaerobic digestion facility with available capacity to accept such material.

(b) On and after January 1, 2018, each covered educational institution shall ensure that the organic-waste materials that are generated at the covered educational facility are recycled at an authorized composting facility or anaerobic digestion facility or by another authorized recycling method if:

(1) The covered educational facility generates not less than fifty-two (52) tons per year of organic-waste material; and

(2) The covered entity or covered educational facility is located not more than fifteen (15) miles from an authorized composting facility or anaerobic digestion facility with available capacity to accept such material.

(c) The director shall grant a waiver of the requirements of subsections (a) and (b) upon a showing that the tipping fee charged by the Rhode Island resource recovery corporation for non-contract commercial sector waste is less than the fee charged for organic-waste material by each composting facility or anaerobic digestion facility located within fifteen (15) miles of the covered entity's location.

(d) On and after January 1, 2023, each educational entity (as defined in 16-110-1) shall ensure that the organic-waste materials that are generated by the educational entity are recycled at an authorized composting facility or anaerobic digestion facility or by another authorized recycling method if:

(1) The educational entity generates not less than thirty (30) tons per year of organic-waste material; and

(2) The educational entity is located not more than fifteen (15) miles from an authorized composting facility or anaerobic digestion facility with available capacity to accept such material.

History of Section.
P.L. 2014, ch. 184, 2; P.L. 2014, ch. 210, 2; P.L. 2016, ch. 481, 1; P.L. 2016, ch. 498, 1; P.L. 2021, ch. 344, 2, effective September 1, 2021; P.L. 2021, ch. 345, 2, effective September 1, 2021.