Storm-generated Debris and Solid Waste (Oppose – Preemption)

Storm-generated Debris and Solid Waste (Oppose – Preemption)

HB 879 (Toledo) addresses the regulation and management of recovered materials, solid waste and storm-generated debris. The bill amends the statutory definition of “recovered materials” to include wood, asphalt and concrete. This change would eliminate the authority of local governments to regulate these materials or include them within franchise agreements. The bill also requires local governments to suspend any exclusive contracts for the collection, hauling, staging or disposal of storm-generated debris or commercial or residential solid waste if the local government “reasonably” determines the contractor will not be able to provide the contracted level of service. After March 1, 2018, a local government is prohibited from entering a new exclusive contract, or from extending an existing exclusive contract, for the collection, hauling, staging or disposal of storm-generated debris.  (O’Hara)