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Local Happenings – HB328 and SB 363
A law to ban placing computer equipment and TVs in landfills has been filed in the Missouri Legislature. Titled the Residential Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act (HB 328 and SB 363), it matches electronic producer responsibility laws passed in 20 other states by assessing fees on manufacturers to pay for infrastructure to manage end of life electronics. The Missouri Recycling Association, a supporter of the bill, cites increased jobs and the conservation of resources among the reasons a landfill electronics ban would benefit Missouri. Electronics contain a variety of heavy and precious metals including lead, mercury, copper, gold, platinum, and cadmium. Jobs are created to recover those materials by the electronic demanufacturing and refurbishing industry.
Members of the Coalition for American Electronics Recycling recovered 1.8 billion pounds of electronics in 2012, employing 6,850 people in the U.S. In St. Louis County 6 businesses are registered with e-cycle Missouri (www.dnr.mo.gov/ecyclemo/
) as electronic recyclers, and a total of 14 businesses are registered in the metro region. The act does provide an opt out clause for those regions of the state that do not have the ways and means to currently provide electronic recycling services.
Senate Bill 13 (SB 13)
SB 13 eliminates solid waste management districts and the Solid Waste Management Advisory Board. In 1990, Senate Bill 530 created 20 Solid Waste Management Districts across the state and a goal to divert 40 percent of waste from landfill disposal. The law levied a landfill tonnage fee to be deposited into a Solid Waste Management Fund which was distributed to the solid waste districts for resource recovery grants, reduction of illegal dumps and statewide education and training in solid waste reduction. The Solid Waste Advisory Board (SWAB) was created as a means for districts to cooperate with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to address recycling issues, and provide input on local efforts and concerns.
Under SB 13, money from the Solid Waste Management Fund will be administered on the state level by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and allocated for grants to cities, counties and providers of solid waste management, waste reduction, recycling or related services.
Saint Louis County is part of the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and has representation on the District Executive Board. Significant grant projects from the district include partial funding for permanent household hazardous collection and a partnership for electronics recovery (e-cycle St. Louis).
HB 328, SB 363, and SB 13, and all current legislation before the Missouri General Assembly in this session can be found at http://www.moga.mo.gov/