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      RS 30:2413     


§2413.  Powers and duties of the secretary; fees; local government

A.  The secretary shall have the following powers and duties:

(1)  To provide technical assistance to parishes, municipalities, and other persons, and coordinate with appropriate federal agencies, and private organizations in carrying out the provisions of this Subchapter.

(2)  To adopt rules and regulations to encourage reduction, recycling, and resource recovery of solid waste as a source of raw materials to be utilized in the production of goods in the state and to carry out the purposes of this Chapter.

(3)  To assist in and encourage, to the maximum extent possible, the development within the state of industries and commercial enterprises which are based upon resource recovery, recycling, and reuse of solid waste.

(4)  To promote research on alternative, economically feasible, cost-effective, and environmentally safe solid waste management and encourage public input during the research process.

(5)  To serve as an information source of recycling businesses operating in the state and assist in matching recovered materials with markets.  Such information as may be compiled shall be made available to local governments to assist with their solid waste management activities.

(6)  To award grants to local governments through a mechanism to be established by rule for solid waste recycling and recovery programs.

(7)  To promote public education and public awareness of the necessity of initiating waste reduction and recycling programs as an integral part of all solid waste management programs in the state.

(8)  To adopt, by rules, such fees as may be necessary to administer this Chapter.  Such rules shall be adopted in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act; however, any legislative oversight hearings shall be held before a joint oversight subcommittee of the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment and the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality.

(9)(a)  The secretary shall collect and compile information and data, to be provided by the parishes and municipalities, on resource recovery and recycling programs operated by such parishes and municipalities.

(b)  The department shall report annually to the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment and the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality its findings and conclusions on the status of resource recovery and recycling programs in the parishes and municipalities.

(10)  To establish a recycling council composed of representatives from municipal, local, and state government, industry, business, solid waste management, academia, and organizations involved in recycling to delineate needs and to address solid waste management issues.

B.  The secretary may require each parish, in conjunction with its major municipalities, to submit a plan for attaining a twenty-five percent waste reduction goal by December 31, 1992.  The plans shall be reviewed annually by each parish and revisions or modifications submitted to the department along with an annual progress report.  The initial plan should include proposed educational programs, recycling programs and incentives, review of recycled products markets and back-up markets being utilized, a review of existing recycling programs that are both public and private, and any contingency measures as appropriate.

C.  Local governmental subdivisions are hereby authorized to pass through any fee imposed pursuant to this Chapter to any person provided any collection and disposal services regarding solid waste by a local governmental subdivision.  However, such authorization shall not include deposits, fees, or assessments on any disposal beverage containers by any political subdivision or authority within the state of Louisiana.

D.  In developing and implementing recycling programs, parishes and municipalities shall give consideration to the collection, marketing, and disposition of recyclable materials by persons engaged in the business of recycling on September 1, 1989, whether or not the persons were operating for profit.  Parishes and municipalities are encouraged to use for-profit and nonprofit organizations in fulfilling their responsibilities under this Chapter.

Acts 1989, No. 185, §1, eff. Sept.  1, 1989; Acts 1991, No. 21, §1, eff. June 14, 1991; Acts 1996, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 36, §1, eff. May 7, 1996; Acts 2001, No. 562, §1, eff. June 22, 2001; Acts 2006, No. 829, §1; Acts 2008, No. 580, §2.

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