OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5120

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

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 3884

File Copy No.: 312

House Calendar No.: 167

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 11 $

FY 12 $

Various Municipalities

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Explanation

The amendment strikes the underlying bill and its associated fiscal impact. Instead, the bill results in the following impact:

The amendment 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 amendment 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 preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.

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.