Bill No.
28-16
Concerning: Solid Waste (Trash) -
Plan
to
Advance
Strategic
Composting, Compost Use and Food
Waste Diversion
Revised:
11/15/2016
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Introduced:
June
28, 2016
Enacted:
November
15, 2016
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COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsor: Vice President Berliner
Co-Sponsors: Councilmembers Katz, Rucker, Eirich, Riemer and Navarro
AN ACT
to:
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require the Director of the Department of Environmental Protection to develop a
Strategic Plan to Advance Composting, Compost Use and Food Waste Diversion in
Montgomery County
generally amend County laws related to Solid Waste (Trash).
By adding
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 48, Solid Waste (Trash)
Section 48-1 7B
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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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Sec.1. Section 48-17B is added as follows:
48-17B. Strategic Plan to Advance Composting, Compost Use and Food Waste
Diversion in Montgomery County.
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Legislative findings.
The County Council finds that:
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the County's general goal of solid waste management establishes
waste reduction as the most preferred management technique,
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reuse, composting and recycling, then incineration
with energy recovery, and, least preferred, landfilling;
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food waste represents
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significant percentage of the County's
solid waste stream;
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educating food producers can reduce the generation of excess
food that would enter the solid waste stream;
giving food that would otherwise be wasted to organizations that
serve people in need is
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means to reuse excess food;
composting,
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means promoting the biological decomposition of
organic material such as food waste into
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stable, humus-like
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first step in the recycling of food waste;
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the use of compost has been demonstrated to benefit soil health
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suppressing plant diseases and pests;
reducing or eliminating the need for chemical fertilizers;
Promoting higher yields of agricultural crops; and
Improving soil structure;
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compost use is
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valuable tool in stormwater management that
can lower runoff volume due to improved water holding capacity,
healthy vegetation/biomass, and increased infiltration; and
reducing excess food generation, reusing food that would
otherwise be wasted, and increasing the amount of food and other
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compostable waste that is composted will help the County meet
its goal of recycling 70% of the solid waste stream generated in
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Strategic Plan required.
The Director must develop
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Strategic Plan to
Advance Composting, Compost Use and Food Waste Diversion in
Montgomery County by [[July]] [[October
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2018.
The Strategic Plan must identify:
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legislative changes, including but not limited to amendments to
this Chapter, necessary to reduce food waste and promote
composting;
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County policies and initiatives to reduce food waste and promote
and support composting in the county;
models and best practices used by other jurisdictions
metrics for assessing and increasing food waste diversion,
composting, and compost use;
goals for achieving certain levels of food waste diversion and
dates for achieving those goals;
challenges to achieving the goals and means of overcoming these
challenges;
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potential sites for food waste composting operations;
environmental and public health benefits of composting and food
waste diversion; and
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cost estimates and potential economic and environmental benefits
of implementing the Strategic Plan
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Considerations.
The Strategic Plan must consider the following areas in
its legislative, policy, metrics, and cost recommendations:
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home composting;
community-scale composting;
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on-site institutional and commercial composting;
on-farm composting;
small-scale commercial composting facilities;
support for existing and new composting businesses in the form
of grants, loans, and land;
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models and best practices, including methods and materials, used
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other jurisdictions;
use of incentives to encourage private food waste diversion and
composting; and
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diversion and composting of non-food waste compostables;
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local use of compost to support soil health and the County
stormwater management program;
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education and outreach to reduce food waste and promote
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composting; and
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[[the environmental impact of residential trash hauling
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private
haulers in upcounty solid waste service districts.]] strategies for
maximizing the volume of compostables collected in a curbside
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Consultation with stakeholders.
In
developing the Strategic Plan, the
Director must consult with:
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the County Division of Solid Waste Services;
the County Department of Permitting Services, including the
Land Development and Zoning and Site Plan Enforcement
Divisions;
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the County Department of Health and Human Services;
the County Department of General Services;
Montgomery County Public Schools;
the County Planning Department;
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the County Parks Department;
the County Office of Agriculture;
the County Revenue Authority;
the Montgomery County Food Council;
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(11) the Montgomery Countryside Alliance;
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the County Solid Waste Advisory Committee;
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the University of Maryland Extension;
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Community Food Rescue; [[and]]
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the Maryland Horse Council;
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the governing bodies of all County municipalities: and
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organizations and individuals in the County involved in compost
production and use and food waste diversion.
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Annual report.
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the County Executive and County Council. The annual report must:
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update the food waste diversion metrics; and
document the progress towards achieving the goals of the
Strategic Plan.
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Nancy Floreen, Presi ent, County Council
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Approved:
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Isiah Leggett, County Executive
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This is a correct copy of Council action.
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Linda M. Lauer, Clerk of the Council
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