83R9571 JXC-D
  By: Allen H.B. No. 2368
  relating to a study on waste reduction and a statewide waste
  reduction plan.
         SECTION 1.  DEFINITIONS. In this Act:
               (1)  "Commission" means the Texas Commission on
  Environmental Quality.
               (2)  "Recycling" has the meaning assigned by Section
  361.421, Health and Safety Code.
               (3)  "Waste reduction" means reducing the amount and
  toxicity of waste, including:
                     (A)  source reduction, as that term is defined by
  Section 361.421, Health and Safety Code;
                     (B)  reusing materials or diverting materials
  from a waste stream; and
                     (C)  recycling.
         SECTION 2.  ADVISORY COMMITTEE; STUDY. (a)  The commission
  shall convene an advisory committee established under Chapter 361,
  Health and Safety Code.
         (b)  The commission and the advisory committee shall conduct
  a study regarding waste reduction in this state. The study must:
               (1)  assess current waste reduction efforts and
  identify ways in which the private and public sectors can improve
  and increase those efforts;
               (2)  assess the effectiveness of waste reduction
  statutes, regulations, and programs in this state;
               (3)  assess the extent to which waste reduction
  programs in this state are duplicative;
               (4)  investigate available funding for waste reduction
  programs in this state;
               (5)  review waste reduction education programs in this
               (6)  review standards in use in this state for:
                     (A)  training and certification of waste
  reduction professionals; and
                     (B)  reporting amounts of waste recycled;
               (7)  review waste reduction best practices;
               (8)  assess the economic effects of waste reduction;
               (9)  assess job creation opportunities associated with
  recycling; and
               (10)  review recycling activities in this state,
  including the materials being recycled and the facilities and
  programs that accept or use recycled materials in this state.
         (c)  The advisory committee shall prepare a written report on
  the results of the study, submit the report to the commission, and
  collaborate with the commission to publish the study on the
  commission's Internet website.
         SECTION 3.  GOAL UPDATE.  The commission shall use the report
  described by Section 2 of this Act to reassess whether the source
  reduction and recycling goal established under Section 361.422,
  Health and Safety Code, is being achieved and how the goal might be
         SECTION 4.  PLAN UPDATES.  The commission shall recommend to
  each entity that has adopted a solid waste management plan under
  Subchapter D, Chapter 363, Health and Safety Code, ways in which the
  entity can update the plan based on the report described by Section
  2 of this Act.
         SECTION 5.  REPORT TO LEGISLATURE. Not later than December
  1, 2014, the commission shall submit to the lieutenant governor,
  the speaker of the house of representatives, and the presiding
  officer of the standing committee of each house of the legislature
  with primary jurisdiction over environmental matters a report that
  includes the results of the study described by Section 2 of this
         SECTION 6.  EXPIRATION. This Act expires August 31, 2015.
         SECTION 7.  EFFECTIVE DATE.  This Act takes effect
  immediately if it receives a vote of two-thirds of all the members
  elected to each house, as provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas
  Constitution.  If this Act does not receive the vote necessary for
  immediate effect, this Act takes effect September 1, 2013.