HB1702 (2020) Detail

Establishing a solid waste working group on solid waste management planning.










AN ACT establishing a solid waste working group on solid waste management planning.


SPONSORS: Rep. Ebel, Merr. 5; Rep. O'Connor, Rock. 6; Rep. M. Murray, Hills. 22; Rep. Sykes, Graf. 13; Rep. Porter, Hills. 1; Rep. Ford, Graf. 3; Rep. Martin, Hills. 23; Rep. Hennessey, Graf. 1; Rep. Merner, Coos 7; Rep. Moffett, Merr. 9; Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Sen. Dietsch, Dist 9


COMMITTEE: Environment and Agriculture






This bill establishes a solid waste working group on solid waste management planning.


This bill is a request of the study committee on recycling and solid waste, established pursuant to 2019, 265 (HB 617).


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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.






In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty


AN ACT establishing a solid waste working group on solid waste management planning.


Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:


1  Purpose and Findings.  The general court finds that proper solid waste management protects public health and the environment and preserves natural resources.  To adequately prepare the state for future solid waste challenges, New Hampshire must review and update its solid waste management laws and policies and its solid waste management plan, engage in vigorous long-range planning, and develop creative, effective solutions.  Other states in the region have devoted significant effort and funds to future solid waste management planning.  New Hampshire lags behind in updating its solid waste reduction and recycling policies, while solid waste disposal capacity rapidly diminishes to the detriment and expense of the state’s citizens, municipalities, and businesses.  This working group is being established to assist the department of environmental services plan our state’s solid waste future.

2  New Subdivision; Solid Waste Working Group.  Amend RSA 149-M by inserting after section 60 the following new subdivision:

Solid Waste Working Group

149-M:61  Solid Waste Working Group.  

I.  The solid waste working group shall be convened by the department of environmental services and shall have, at a minimum, the following members:

(a)  One member of the house, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.

(b)  One member of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.

(c)  One member of the waste management council, appointed by the chair of the council.

(d)  One member representing private solid waste disposal facilities who shall also operate a major materials recovery facility.

(e)  One member representing publicly owned solid waste disposal facilities.

(f)  One member representing solid waste haulers.

(g)  One member representing solid waste recyclers

(h)  One representative of the Northeast Resources Recycling Association, appointed by that association.

(i)  One member representing cities with single stream recycling.

(j)  One member representing a rural community with source separated recycling.

(k)  The commissioner of the department of environmental services, or designee.

(l)  The commissioner of business and economic affairs, or designee.

(m)  One representative of the New Hampshire health care industry.

(n)  One representative of the Northeast Recycling Council, appointed by that council.

(o)  One representative of an environmental/public health advocacy organization.

(p)  One member representing the public interest, appointed by the governor.

(q)  One member representing New Hampshire commercial/industrial waste generators.

(r)  Any other members the commissioner of the department of environmental services deems necessary.

II.  Unless otherwise indicated, the members of the working group shall be appointed by the commissioner.

III.  The solid waste working group shall:

(a)  Assist the department in long-range planning for and the development of creative, effective solutions to the state’s solid waste management challenges.

(b)  Review and make recommendations for changes to the state’s existing solid waste reduction, recycling, and management policies, programs, goals, and initiatives.   

(c)  Review and make recommendations regarding the impact of regional solid waste management initiatives, including landfill waste disposal bans, on our state and our solid waste disposal landfill capacity.

(d)  Advise the department in the development of the solid waste management plan required by RSA 149-M:29.

(e)  Review and recommend methods to better provide technical assistance and educational outreach to municipalities, schools, businesses, and the public regarding solid waste reduction, recycling, and management policies.

(f)  Review and recommend ways to better implement the solid waste hierarchy and solid waste reduction goals, under RSA 149-M:3.

(g)  Review and make recommendations based on the 2019, 265 (HB 617) study committee report on recycling and solid waste management in New Hampshire.  

(h)  Review such other matters as the working group deems necessary and to recommend any related legislation, policy, or rule changes.

IV.  The working group shall meet no later than 60 days after the effective date of this subdivision.  The working group shall submit an initial report to the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the house clerk, the senate clerk, the governor, and the state library on November 1, 2020 and a final report on November 1, 2023.

3  Repeal.  RSA 149-M:61, relative to the solid waste working group, is repealed.

4  Effective Date.  

I.  Section 3 of this act shall take effect November 1, 2023.

II.  The remainder of this act shall take effect upon its passage.


HB1702 at GenCourtMobile
HB1702 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 18, 2020 House Hearing
Feb. 27, 2020 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 11, 2020 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1702 Revision: 7790 Date: Jan. 6, 2020, 1:39 p.m.


June 16, 2020: No Pending Motion; 06/16/2020 SJ 8

June 16, 2020: Introduced 06/16/2020, and Laid on Table, MA, VV; 06/16/2020; SJ 8

March 11, 2020: Ought to Pass: MA VV 03/11/2020 HJ 7 P. 24

: Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 19-0; CC)

March 11, 2020: Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 03/11/2020 (Vote 19-0; CC) HC 10 P. 15

Feb. 27, 2020: Executive Session: 02/27/2020 10:00 am LOB 303

Feb. 18, 2020: Public Hearing: 02/18/2020 03:00 pm LOB 303

Jan. 8, 2020: Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Environment and Agriculture HJ 1 P. 32