Purpose of Rules Streamline rules and make the regulatory process more efficient for all, while being protective of the environment in response to: composting industry LGU, and others 3
4 B. Yard waste Compost Facility C. Solid Waste Compost Facility D. Expand Exemption to “Small Compost Site” E. Source-Separated Organic Material (SSOM) Compost Facility A. Exempt Backyard compost site PROPOSED PROPOSED EXISTING EXISTING Modified New Compost Rule Overview Minn. Stat and Minn. R limit MPCA’s authority regarding disposal of carcasses & commercial composting with farms.
5 D. Expand Exemption to “Small Compost Site”: Applies: Anyone that meets criteria Feedstocks: Same as backyard compost site + poultry litter generated on site (if compost produced used on site), nonrecyclable paper, and ASTM compostable materials Unacceptable materials: Fats, Oils, Grease, Meat, Dairy, animal manure, diapers, sanitary products Size restriction: does not exceed 80 cubic yards on site at any one time, including collected raw materials and compost being processed, but excluding finished compost A. Exempt Backyard compost site-…compost food scraps, garden wastes, weeds, lawn cuttings, leaves, and prunings from a single family or household, apartment building, or a single commercial office, a member of which is the owner, occupant, or lessee of the property. PROPOSED PROPOSED Modified Compost Rule Overview: Expanding exemption
6 B. Yard Waste Compost Facility Permit By Rule Feedstocks: Yard waste only as defined in 115A.03, subd. 38 C. Solid Waste Compost Facility Full permit process. Feedstocks: defined by project proposer MMSW requirements E. Source-Separated Organic Material (SSOM) Compost Facility Full Permit Process (extended permit) Feedstocks: folds in SSCM definition with exceptions; vegetative wastes generated from industrial/mfg. processes preparing food for human consumption; some compostable materials meeting specified ASTM; specific exclusions; and specific exclusions unless permit approved Bulking agents: untreated wood waste, recyclable paper, ground tree and shrub materials, and other similarly approved Unacceptable materials: Various Reporting requirements still required and will include county of origin and volume Pile height limit: 12’ Construction, location, DESIGN & operating criteria PROPOSED PROPOSED New facility category Compost Rule Overview: The new SSOM Minn. Stat and Minn. R limit MPCA’s authority regarding disposal of carcasses & commercial composting with farms.
Background 11/19/10, stakeholder mtg. on concept layout (webcast) 10/12/11, stakeholder mtg. at SWANA conf. Preliminary Draft #1 released Informal comments requested 02/10/12, stakeholder mtg. to clarify issues 10/19/12, Preliminary Draft #2 released and informal comments requested by 11/16/12 7
Affected Parties Residential and commercial generators of food waste, yard waste or non-recyclable paper Persons who prepare, distribute or land apply compost in Minnesota (i.e., small and large municipalities or political subdivisions and private persons) Minnesota citizens The MPCA 8
Rule Support/Opposition Support Opposition Small Compost Site Extended Permit Process Clarification of the terms contact water and storm water and their treatment Soils allowed for 5 feet to water table Five foot distance from pad to water table Not flexible enough/not stringent enough 9
Request for Comments: July 26, 2010 October 17, 2011 Dual Notice (DN) – December 2013 Final Adoption: with hearing - 6 months after DN w/o hearing - 3 months after DN 10 Timeline