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Policy Discussion on Regional Role for Organics Management SWMCB Board Meeting July 22, 2009.

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1 Policy Discussion on Regional Role for Organics Management SWMCB Board Meeting July 22, 2009

2 Regional Role Objective Master Plan Outcome: By 2015, the collection and separated management of food waste and other organic waste will increase Work Plan: Identify the regions role in source separated organics management policy.

3 Existing Organic Tonnage Collected 100,000 tons in 2008 Variety of Management Methods –Food Waste Recovery –Food-to-Hogs –Backyard Composting –Yard Waste-Organics Co- Collection

4 Regional Role Alternatives Alternative #1: 3% Diversion –Status Quo Alternative #2: 5% to 7% Diversion –Double Existing Efforts Alternative #3: 15% Diversion –Aggressive Effort

5 Recommended Alternative: 5% to 7% Diversion Goal: Double existing tonnage diversion Level of Effort: Moderate increase – may require some public financing and subsidies Tonnage Goal: 160,000 – 225,000 tons per year –2008 Collection : 100,000 tons –Additional Tonnage Needed: 60,000 to 125,000 tons

6 Recommended Alternative: 5% to 7% Diversion Assists in Achieving Master Plan Outcome Manages Waste Higher on the Waste Hierarchy Consistent with Current Finding from the MPCA Stakeholder Group

7 Recommended Alternative: 5% to 7% Diversion Additional Benefits For Residents: Increased Traditional Recycling Rates For Businesses: Cost Savings For Schools: Hands-on Recycling Experience for Children and Increased School Recycling Rates For Environment:

8 2015 Potential Tonnage Diversion YearResidentialCommercialTotal 2008 Collection 4,600 tons96,400 tons100,000 tons 2015 Potential 220,000 tons290,000 tons510,000 tons

9 How to Reach Goal? BusinessesResidentsSchools Diversion Goal

10 Regional Role Options Planning and Policy Development Legislative Advocacy Financial Support Infrastructure Development Education/ Promotion Regulation Market Development

11 Analysis Residential programs alone will not reach tonnage diversion goals Commercial program would need to be paired with recycling program School program and multi-unit diversion tonnage potential is limited Voluntary programs are unlikely to achieve the 5% to 7% diversion Additional capacity is needed

12 What Roles Could the SWMCB Play? Planning/Policy Development Communication Legislative Advocacy Infrastructure Development Financial Support Research Regulation Market Development

13 Policy Questions Should the SWMCB develop interim policies that use existing capacity and/or develop longer term policies that require additional capacity? Should the SWMCB focus on one sector? Should organics programs be voluntary or mandatory?

14 Policy Questions Is the SWMCB role a planning agency or joint facility development? What additional research or analysis is needed? How/When should the findings be presented to the Board?

15 QUESTIONS


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