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AB-514 Solid waste: biomass conversion.(1999-2000)

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Assembly Bill No. 514
CHAPTER 439

An act to amend Section 40106 of the Public Resources Code, relating to solid waste.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  September 21, 1999. Approved by Governor  September 21, 1999. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 514, Thomson. Solid waste: biomass conversion.
The existing California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 regulates the handling and management of solid waste. The act is administered by the California Integrated Waste Management Board, and requires the board to implement various programs related to the management of solid waste. The act requires each city, county, and regional agency, if any, to develop a source reduction and recycling element of an integrated waste management plan that includes a prescribed implementation schedule showing how the city, county, or regional agency will divert materials from solid waste disposal through source reduction, recycling, and composting activities. The act defines biomass conversion as meaning the controlled combustion of specified materials, when separated from other solid waste and used for producing electricity or heat, but excludes, from that definition, among other things, the controlled combustion of pulp or paper materials.
This bill would revise the definition of biomass conversion to instead include the controlled combustion of nonrecyclable pulp or nonrecyclable paper materials, as defined, and exclude the controlled combustion of recyclable pulp or recyclable paper materials.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 40106 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

40106.
 (a) “Biomass conversion” means the controlled combustion, when separated from other solid waste and used for producing electricity or heat, of the following materials:
(1) Agricultural crop residues.
(2) Bark, lawn, yard, and garden clippings.
(3) Leaves, silvicultural residue, and tree and brush pruning.
(4) Wood, wood chips, and wood waste.
(5) Nonrecyclable pulp or nonrecyclable paper materials.
(b) “Biomass conversion” does not include the controlled combustion of recyclable pulp or recyclable paper materials, or materials that contain sewage sludge, industrial sludge, medical waste, hazardous waste, or either high-level or low-level radioactive waste.
(c) For purposes of this section, “nonrecyclable pulp or nonrecyclable paper materials” means either of the following, as determined by the board:
(1) Paper products or fibrous materials that cannot be technically, feasibly, or legally recycled because of the manner in which the product or material has been manufactured, treated, coated, or constructed.
(2) Paper products or fibrous materials that have become soiled or contaminated and as a result cannot be technically, feasibly, or legally recycled.