Solid Waste Management Program

Policy For Recycling And Waste Reduction

Pursuant to HB 438, 440, 96 and 97
State of Missouri
Executive Branch Departments

Adopted by the Missouri inter-departmental committee on waste reduction and resource recovery on December 28, 1989.

Pursuant to 34.032 paragraph five RSMo, each department and state agency shall develop in cooperation with the Office of Administration and implement a policy for recycling and waste reduction. Paragraph four of the same statutory citation requires that each department and state agency shall to the maximum extent practicable separate plastics, paper, metals and other recyclable items by July 1, 1990. The purpose of the policy herein is to coordinate the efforts of the executive branch departments for the implementation of a total recycling system to include collection, market development and environmentally conscious procurement. This policy contains a broad spectrum of program elements which will be implemented subject to the development of specific implementation strategy at each state facility. A broad array of options was developed to maximize the practicality of setting up recycling programs in as may state facilities as economically feasible.

Policy Statement

It shall be the policy of the executive branch departments to implement recycling and waste reduction to the maximum extent practicable considering the amount of recyclables generated in each facility, the local market for recyclable materials, and facilities considerations including storage space and fire and safety regulations. The state shall also maximize the procurement of goods, needed by state government, that are made from virgin materials. The state shall also encourage the development of industries in Missouri that recover materials for the purpose of manufacturing other usable products.

Recycling Implementation Plan - Collection

The recycling collection implementation plan contains eight essential elements to ensure effective implementation of the state recycling policy. Program elements may be modified to fit the conditions at a specified state facility as necessary.

Program Coordinator

Each state department and agency shall designate one person in an existing position to serve as a Solid Waste Management Coordinator to ensure that the agency and the Office of Administration cooperate in meeting the requirements of Section 34.032 RSMo. Each departmental coordinator shall designate program monitors in each of its office locations where recycling collection is implemented to ensure coordination and implementation of the program and to facilitate the training of departmental employees as to the procedures of the recycling program. The optimal number of program monitors shall be one monitor for each 25-50 employees at a state office location.

Separation of Paper

The method of separation of recyclable waste paper generated at an employee's desk will be source separation by that employee. Special containers will be provided by the state agency convenient to the employee's desk. When the container of recyclable materials is filled, the container will be emptied for ultimate removal of the recyclable materials to the storage area of the facility. The method of removal will be one prescribed under the concentration of paper program element.

Concentration of Paper

Due to the variety of conditions in state facilities, it is necessary to have a flexible implementation plan for the concentration of paper and other recyclables. Under all concentration of paper scenarios, central bins will be provided in high paper generation areas such as walk up copy machines and duplicating centers, copy rooms and central file areas. The preferred method of concentration of paper shall be the employees bring their recyclables from their special recycling containers to a central bin located in the general work area of that employee. Acceptable alternatives to this method may also be - (a) janitors pick up the recyclables on a scheduled basis at the individual employee's desk, and (b) janitors alternate the collection of recyclables and trash pick up at the employee's desk.

Removal to Storage Area

The removal to the storage area for transportation of recyclables from the facility will be determined in the individual implementation plan for each state facility that is part of the recycling program. Acceptable removal methods include removal - (a) by Missouri Correctional Enterprises (MCE) to the central storage area (b) by contracted janitorial services, agency custodial crews, mail clerks and stores personnel or by other organization which has been contracted for the purpose of such removal.

Prior to March 1, 1990 each agency solid waste management coordinator shall identify security areas within their offices which would prohibit the above alternatives from being utilized. The coordinator shall by the date specified make a recommendation to the Division of Purchasing and Materials Management recycling coordinator as to the alternative removal plans recommended by that agency.

Storage and Pickup

A secure storage area shall be designated for the concentration of separated recyclables for pickup from the state facility. Storage conditions shall meet all local, state or federal requirements for fire and safety codes. The agency program coordinator, in the case o a department managed facility, or the building manager, in a multi agency facility, will coordinate with the facilities management section of the Division of Design and Construction and the recycling coordinator of the Division of Purchasing and Materials Management shall set up appropriate contracts with recyclers and other potential purchasers of the state's recyclable waste for the reutilization of such materials.

Confidential Materials

The program coordinator of each department shall review its needs for the use of special disposal procedures for confidential materials. The program coordinator shall work with the recycling coordinator, Division of Purchasing and Materials Management and other departmental coordinators to develop procedures for the appropriate destruction of confidential materials in a manner such that those materials be recycled.

Separation and Collection - Other Recyclables

Prior to April 1, 1990 each agency Solid Waste Management Coordinator shall conduct a waste audit of each facility targeted for implementation of recycling collection. As part of the waste audit, the coordinator shall determine what recyclables, other that waste paper, are in the waste stream of the specified facility and make a recommendation to the recycling coordinator, Division of Purchasing and Materials Management, as to the feasibility of collecting them for the purposes of recycling, Such items considered include corrugated boxes, plastics, aluminum, waste oil and solvents.

Implementation and Promotion

It shall be the policy of the State of Missouri Executive Branch agencies to implement statewide, when found to be practicable at a specific facility, the recycling and waste reduction program by July 1, 1990. In preparation for such implementation, the state shall also set up at least three recycling programs prior to such date.

The recycling task force shall develop educational material to notify state employees who will be participating in the recycling program and the program elements so that maximum participation may be obtained.

Recycling Implementation Plan - Environmentally Conscious Procurement

All Procuring authorities under the jurisdiction of the executive branch agencies shall implement the preference provisions of 34.031 RSMo. Agencies shall strive to maximize the purchase of products made from recovered materials. Such procuring authorities shall also give full consideration to the purchase of products that are recyclable. A recyclable product is any product that can be separated at the point of discard or from the solid waste stream for utilization as a raw material in the manufacture of a new product and for which there is an existing identified accessible market and an existing local collection system in place.

Recycling Implementation Plan - Market Development

The Department of Economic Development shall utilize existing state community recycling efforts to develop new markets for recycled materials by encouraging existing manufacturers to include recycled materials in their production processes, and by seeking to attract new industrial users of recovered materials.

To encourage community recycling programs, the department will explore the possibility of using Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits for establishment of community-based recycling centers and include a recycling plan as part of the Missouri Certified Cities certification program.

To promote the development of new markets in Missouri for recycled materials, the department will explore the application of the new jobs/investment tax credit program for investments made by companies to modify their production processes to include recycled materials, to purchase equipment needed for recycling and to begin new enterprises that use recycled materials.

The state also will use existing financing programs for new and existing manufacturers involved in resource recovery, materials conversion, or manufacture of products using a high percentage of recovered materials.

The state also will develop informational databases to assist Missouri manufacturers in locating sources of secondary materials and/or markets for these materials. The Missouri Product Finder will be expanded to include listings of recycling centers, to provide more information on what by-products are available from Missouri manufacturers, and to develop a list of Missouri manufacturers that currently use or could use secondary materials in their production processes.