OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5120

AN ACT CONCERNING PRIVATE AND MUNICIPAL RECYCLING, ZONING ORDINANCES AND SOLID WASTE COLLECTION CONTRACTS.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 11 $

FY 12 $

Various Municipalities

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Explanation

The bill expands the types of items that must be recycled. This is anticipated to result in a savings to municipalities, as it is less expensive to recycle than it is to dispose of trash. Municipal solid waste1 (MSW) is subject to tipping fees at an average rate of approximately $57-70/ton2. Municipal recycling contracts vary, but range from paying $40/ton to being paid a rebate of $17/ton3.

The bill also requires municipalities to provide curbside recycling if that municipality provides curbside collection of MSW, unless a municipality exceeds the state-wide average for recycling. To the extent a municipality falls below the state-wide average rate of recycling, municipalities could incur costs to provide curbside recycling to its residents. It is anticipated that this provision will impact less than five municipalities.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation, resource recovery authority contracts, and the actual amount of materials recycled.

1 Common household and commercial trash.

2 Office of Legislative Research, 2010-R-0107, Recycling and Disposal Fees.

3 Office of Program Review and Investigation, Municipal Solid Waste Services in Connecticut, Staff Briefing, October 8, 2009.