Counties Raise Concerns About Costly Composting Bill

MACo Policy Associate Alex Butler today testified before the House Environment and Transporation Committee to oppose HB 264 Solid Waste Management – Organics Recycling and Waste Diversion – Food Residuals. This bill requires food waste to be disposed of at specific composting facilities instead of traditional waste management facilities.

From the MACo Testimony:

HB 264 requires facilities that generate food residuals in certain volumes (starting with two tons per
week in 2023) to separate residuals from other solid waste and divert them to an organic composting
facility within 30 miles.

Large local government facilities like jails and schools could apparently be subject to the bill’s
requirements, and would therefore need to determine whether the provisions in the bill apply, and
then undergo costly changes to the way they handle food residuals. Even the mere determination of
whether a given facility is covered by the bill’s provisions could trigger outside consulting costs, as
these matters are beyond the expertise of wardens, school facility staff, and others within local
government.

Follow MACo’s advocacy efforts during the 2021 legislative session on MACo’s Legislative Tracking Database.

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