OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5149 (as amended by House "A")*

AN ACT CONCERNING BENEFICIAL END USES FOR DISCARDED TIRES AND THE EFFICACY OF TIRE HAULING LICENSES OR PERMITS.

SUMMARY:

This bill specifically adds municipal ballfields to the list of common gathering venues that must, under certain circumstances, provide recycling receptacles.

By law, recycling receptacles must be available in any area or building, or portion of it, that (1) is open to the public, (2) may have designated recyclable items sold or given away when the public is there, and (3) provides for solid waste collection. Current law applies the requirement, but does not limit it, to any:

1. building with facilities or shelter for public assembly;

2. inn, hotel, motel, sports arena, supermarket, transportation terminal, retail store, restaurant, or other commercial establishment providing services or retailing merchandise; or

3. museum, hospital, auditorium, movie theater, or university building.

The recycling receptacles must be publicly accessible and at the same locations as trash receptacles. The bill specifies that providing receptacles at municipal ballfields only needs to occur within available resources. Similar to existing law which allows a municipality to satisfy the requirement to provide receptacles at a common gathering venue through a contract with another party, the bill allows a municipality to meet the requirement to provide them at municipal ballfields by designating a community organization to collect the recyclables.

*House Amendment “A” replaces the underlying bill (File 23) which required the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to identify beneficial end uses for discarded tires in Connecticut.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2016

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

27

Nay

2

(02/24/2016)