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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 232

February Session, 2016

 

LCO No. 754

 

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Referred to Committee on ENVIRONMENT

 

Introduced by:

 

(ENV)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECYCLING OF CONSUMER HOUSEHOLD BATTERIES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 22a-241b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2016):

(a) (1) On or before February 1, 1988, the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 designating items that are required to be recycled. The commissioner may designate other items as suitable for recycling and amend such regulations accordingly.

(2) On or before October 1, 2011, the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall amend the regulations adopted pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection to expand the list of designated recyclable items to add (A) containers of three gallons or less made of polyethylene terephthalate plastic and high-density polyethylene plastic, and (B) additional types of paper, including, but not limited to, boxboard, magazines, residential high-grade white paper and colored ledger.

(3) On or before October 1, 2016, the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall amend the regulations adopted pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection to expand the list of designated recyclable items to add consumer household batteries.

(b) Any designated recyclable item shall be recycled by a municipality within six months of the availability of service to such municipality by a regional processing center or local processing system.

(c) Each person who generates solid waste from residential property shall, in accordance with subsection (f) of section 22a-220, separate from other solid waste the items designated for recycling pursuant to subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of this section.

(d) Every person who generates solid waste from a property other than a residential property shall, in accordance with subsection (f) of section 22a-220, make provision for and cause the separation from other solid waste of the items designated for recycling pursuant to subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of this section through the use of one or more collection containers for designated recyclable items that are separate from the collection containers for other solid waste. Collection containers that have been used for the collection of solid waste may be converted to containers for the collection of designated recyclable items by labeling or other means to identify that such container is dedicated to collecting designated recyclable items. On and after July 1, 2012, the provisions of this subsection shall also apply to items designated for recycling pursuant to subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of this section. On and after July 1, 2017, the provisions of this subsection shall apply to items designated for recycling pursuant to subdivision (3) of subsection (a) of this section.

(e) No person shall knowingly combine previously segregated designated recyclable items with other solid waste.

(f) For the purposes of this section, "boxboard" means a lightweight paperboard made from a variety of recovered fibers having sufficient folding properties and thickness to be used to manufacture folding or set-up boxes; and "consumer household batteries" means any nonnickel-cadmium battery that weighs two kilograms or less, including, but not limited to, any alkaline, carbon-zinc or lithium metal battery that is used or bought for use primarily for personal, family or household purposes.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2016

22a-241b

Statement of Purpose:

To add consumer household batteries to the list of designated recyclable items.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]