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SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 28

INTRODUCED BY J. PETERSON, LASLOVICH, ZINKE, BRUEGGEMAN, HENDRICK


A JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MONTANA REQUESTING AN INTERIM STUDY TO EVALUATE METHODS FOR INCREASING RECYCLING AND SOLID WASTE RECOVERY WITHIN THE STATE OF MONTANA.

 

A JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MONTANA REQUESTING AN INTERIM STUDY TO EVALUATE METHODS FOR INCREASING RECYCLING AND SOLID WASTE RECOVERY WITHIN THE STATE OF MONTANA.

 

     WHEREAS, increased recycling rates will provide substantial economic and environmental benefits to Montanans; and

     WHEREAS, recycling is a value-added manufacturing process that provides jobs for Montanans; and

     WHEREAS, recycling reduces energy consumption associated with the manufacturing of products from raw materials and reduces landfill usage by diverting solid waste; and

     WHEREAS, rural areas have a need for infrastructure support to increase recycling; and

     WHEREAS, electronic waste and household hazardous waste present unique recycling challenges that may require additional programs; and

     WHEREAS, the Montana Integrated Waste Management Act proposes increasing Montana solid waste recycling rates to 19% by 2011 and 22% by 2015 using a variety of methods, including source reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:

     That the Legislative Council be requested to designate an appropriate interim committee, pursuant to section 5-5-217, MCA, or direct sufficient staff resources to:

     (1) evaluate and propose potential methods for increasing the recycling rates in the state of Montana;

     (2) analyze methods to promote market development of recycled materials;

     (3) analyze options to address rural recycling challenges;

     (4) propose programs to address electronic and household hazardous waste; and

     (5) evaluate funding alternatives.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that if the study is assigned to staff, any findings or conclusions be presented to and reviewed by an appropriate committee designated by the Legislative Council.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that all aspects of the study, including presentation and review requirements, be concluded prior to September 15, 2010.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the final results of the study, including any findings, conclusions, comments, or recommendations of the appropriate committee, be reported to the 62nd Legislature.

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