Agenda Item 4E
Josh Hamlin, Legislative
Bill 28-16, Solid Waste (Trash) - Strategic Plan to Advance Composting,
Compost Use and Food Waste Diversion
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee recommendation (2
0): Enact Bill 28-16 with amendments
Bill 28-16, Solid Waste (Trash) - Strategic Plan to Advance Compo sting, Compost Use
and Food Waste Diversion, sponsored by Lead Sponsor Council Vice President Berliner and Co
Sponsors Councilmembers Katz, Hucker, EIrich, Riemer and Navarro was introduced on June 28,
2016. A public hearing was held on July 19 and a Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and
Environment Committee worksession was held on October 27.
Bill 28-16 would require the Director of the Department of Environmental Protection
(DEP) to develop a Strategic Plan to Advance Compo sting, Compost Use and Food Waste
Diversion in Montgomery County by July 1,2017. In developing the Strategic Plan, the Director
would be required to consult with many organizations inside and outside of County government.
The Strategic Plan would provide recommendations on legislative changes necessary to reduce
food waste and promote compo sting as well as identify potential new county policies and
initiatives to reduce food waste and promote and support composting in the County. The Director
would be required to submit an annual report on the progress toward achieving the goals of the
Strategic Plan by July 1 of each year.
A memorandum from the Lead Sponsor begins on ©7. The Fiscal and Economic Impact
statements are at ©9-12.
The Committee !ecommended (2-0) enactment of the Bill with the following amendments:
change the initial due date for the Strategic Plan from July 1,2017 to October 1,2017;