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H.656

Introduced by   Representatives Anderson of Montpelier, McCullough of Williston, Ainsworth of Royalton, Ancel of Calais, Andrews of Rutland City, Audette of S. Burlington, Barnard of Richmond, Clarkson of Woodstock, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Courcelle of Rutland City, Deen of Westminster, Dostis of Waterbury, Evans of Essex, Fisher of Lincoln, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, French of Randolph, Gilbert of Fairfax, Hosford of Waitsfield, Hutchinson of Randolph, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Larocque of Barnet, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McFaun of Barre Town, Minter of Waterbury, Mitchell of Barnard, Monti of Barre City, Moran of Wardsboro, Mrowicki of Putney, Ojibway of Hartford, Pearson of Burlington, Randall of Troy, Shand of Weathersfield, Shaw of Derby, Smith of Morristown, Spengler of Colchester, Trombley of Grand Isle, Turner of Milton, Wheeler of Derby and Zuckerman of Burlington

Referred to Committee on

Date: affect

Subject:  Conservation; solid waste; waste tires; disposal fee

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require persons who sell tires at retail to charge a waste tire fee of $0.50 per tire and to deposit those fees into a special account within the solid waste management assistance fund.  Such fees shall then be used to pay for tire collection and disposal activities by solid waste management districts and other organizations.  An advisory committee would be established to advise the agency of natural resources regarding the disbursement of those fees for tire collection and disposal activities.

AN ACT RELATING TO THE MANAGEMENT OF WASTE TIRES

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  10 V.S.A. § 6621f is added to read:

§ 6621f.  TIRE LITTER PREVENTION AND CLEANUP FEE

(a)  Definition.  For the purposes of this section:

(1)  “Motor vehicle” shall include all vehicles propelled or drawn by power other than muscular power, except farm tractors, vehicles running only upon stationary rails or tracks, motorized highway building equipment,

road-making appliances, snowmobiles, or tracked vehicles or electric personal assistive mobility devices.

(2)  “Retailer” means a person engaged in the retail sale of new tires for motor vehicles or a person engaged in the retail sale of new motor vehicles for which new tires are sold as a component part.

(3)  “Tire” means any tire with a rim or wheel diameter of more than 13 inches but no more than 19 inches that is designed and manufactured for use on a motor vehicle, as that term is defined in subdivision (1) of this subsection.

(b)  Vermont tire litter prevention and cleanup fee.

(1)  A consumer shall pay a fee of $0.50 per tire on the purchase of all new motor vehicle tires.  The fee shall be collected for each tire, including spare tires, sold as a component part of a new motor vehicle.  The fee shall be paid to the retailer at the time of the retail purchase, in addition to the retail price of the motor vehicle tire.

(2)  A retailer shall submit all money collected as fees under this section to the agency of natural resources for deposit into the management of waste tires account of the waste management assistance fund created under section 6618 of this title.

Sec. 2.  10 V.S.A. § 6618 is amended to read:

§ 6618.  WASTE MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE FUND

(a)  There is hereby created in the state treasury a fund to be known as the waste management assistance fund, to be expended by the secretary of the agency of natural resources.  The fund shall have two three accounts:  one for solid waste management assistance and, one for hazardous waste management assistance, and one for the management of waste tires.  The hazardous waste management assistance account shall consist of a percentage of the tax on hazardous waste under the provisions of 32 V.S.A. chapter 237, as established by the secretary, the toxics use reduction fees under subsection 6628(j) of this title, and appropriations of the general assembly.  In no event shall the amount of the hazardous waste tax which is deposited to the hazardous waste management assistance account exceed 40 percent of the annual tax receipts.  The solid waste management assistance account shall consist of the franchise tax on waste facilities assessed under the provisions of subchapter 13 of chapter 151 of Title 32, and appropriations of the general assembly.  The management of waste tires account shall consist of the proceeds of the Vermont tire litter prevention and cleanup fee assessed under section 6621f of this title and appropriations of the general assembly.  All balances in the fund accounts at the end of any fiscal year shall be carried forward and remain a part of the fund accounts, except as provided in subsection (e) of this section.  Interest earned by the fund shall be deposited into the appropriate fund account.  Disbursements from the fund accounts shall be made by the state treasurer on warrants drawn by the commissioner of finance and management.

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(d)  The secretary shall annually allocate from the fund accounts the amounts to be disbursed for each of the functions described in subsections (b), and (c), and (f) of this section.  The secretary, in conformance with the priorities established in this chapter, shall establish a system of priorities within each function when the allocation is insufficient to provide funding for all eligible applicants.

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(f)  The secretary may authorize disbursements from the management of waste tires account for the purpose of collecting and disposing of waste tires in the state in accordance with the advice of the waste tire management advisory committee.  Disbursements may include payment of a small fee to volunteer organizations to gather abandoned waste tires, reimbursement of all or part of the costs of disposal of waste tires collected on green-up days, reimbursement of all or part of the costs of waste tire collection conducted by municipalities or solid waste districts in order to abate a nuisance or address a threat to public safety or the environment, and payment of the costs of assisting municipal and solid waste management district waste tire collection programs.

Sec. 3.  10 V.S.A. § 6618a is added to read:

§ 6618a.  WASTE TIRE MANAGEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

(a)  The Vermont waste tire management committee is created.  The committee shall consist of six members:  the director of the waste management division, a representative of tire retailers appointed by the governor, one representative of an urban municipal solid waste district appointed by the governor, one representative of a rural municipal or regional solid waste district appointed by the governor, a representative of rubber manufacturers appointed by the governor, and a representative of an environmental organization appointed by the governor.

(b)  The purpose of the committee is to advise and assist the personnel at the agency of natural resources in the formulation of policy, including recommended statutory and regulatory changes, regarding the collection and disposal of waste tires in the state, provided that the committee shall not propose or adopt a policy that requires the incineration of waste tires.  The committee shall promote and encourage cooperation and communication among governmental agencies, the tire retailers, solid waste districts, and members of the general public.

(c)  Members shall be appointed for terms of three years, with the initial appointments of the public members made for lesser terms, so that the appointments do not all expire simultaneously.  Vacancies shall be filled by the governor for the length of an unexpired term.

(d)  The committee shall elect a chair and a secretary and shall meet from time to time as may be necessary, but not less frequently than quarterly.

(e)  The public members of the committee shall be volunteers and will serve without compensation.

Sec. 4.  WASTE TIRE COORDINATED MANAGEMENT REPORT

The secretary of natural resources shall report to the general assembly by no later than January 15 of each year on the state’s progress in managing waste tires.  The report shall include the amount of tire litter prevention and cleanup fees collected in the current fiscal year to date, the amount of funds within the waste tire management account expended in the current fiscal year to date, a summary of the activities funded by the waste tire management account, the balance of the waste tire management account, and any recommended changes to the waste tire collection and disposal program.



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