House Bill 5005, sponsored by Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, was signed into law on March 4, 2014. HB 5005 amends Part 115 (Solid Waste Management) of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA) to establish new guidelines for waste diversion centers, and is intended to remove obstacles that previously existed to allow for improved methods for collecting items like batteries, medications, household hazardous waste, electronics, etc. Prior to HB 5005, local waste collection events were sometimes in violation of state law because the collection sites were not recognized as transfer facilities and wastes were not disposed of in authorized facilities. The new law exempts diverted waste from regulation as a solid waste when it is properly managed through a waste diversion center.
Diverted waste is waste that meets all of the following requirements:
A waste diversion center is defined as a property or a building (or portion thereof) designated for the purpose of receiving or collecting diverted wastes, and not used for residential purposes. The operator of a waste diversion center must comply with the following requirements:
For a link to the full text of HB 5005, click here: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2013-2014/publicact/pdf/2014-PA-0024.pdf
For a link to the DEQ press release, click here: http://michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135–324629–,00.html
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