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Bill Detail: SB23-191

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Title Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment Organics Diversion Study
Status Governor Signed (05/17/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Public Health
House Sponsors C. Kipp (D)
J. Joseph (D)
Senate Sponsors L. Cutter (D)
House Committee State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs
Senate Committee Agriculture and Natural Resources
Date Introduced 03/16/2023

The bill requires the department of public health and environment
(department) to study the impacts, benefits, and feasibility of requiring
diversion of organic materials from landfills. The organics diversion
study (study) must:
  • Incorporate and utilize data contained in the statewide
organics management plan and other existing Colorado
studies and research from other states;
  • Explore how to leverage existing organics diversion pilot
projects in Colorado to inform implementation of broader
organics diversion projects across the state;
  • Evaluate the environmental benefits of diversion of organic
materials from landfills;
  • Review and identify the infrastructure needed to enable
diversion of organic materials from landfills and create a
plan for infrastructure development;
  • Create actionable parameters for local governments to use
to determine if, where, and what types of organics
processing infrastructure is needed and basic toolkits to
help local governments build the infrastructure;
  • Create a timeline to effectively and equitably phase in
required diversion of organic materials from landfills by
region using the 4 regions of the state as identified in the
state organics management plan;
  • Outline and recommend policies and regulations that would
enable diversion of organic materials from landfills;
  • Assess informational resources necessary to enable
diversion of organic materials from landfills; and
  • Identify opportunities for end-market development of
organic materials diverted from landfills.
On or before August 1, 2024, the department is required to submit
a report of the study's research and findings to specified committees of
reference in the senate and the house of representatives.
The bill authorizes the use of money in the front range waste
diversion cash fund and the recycling resources economic opportunity
fund to pay for costs associated with conducting the study.

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