WEST virginia Legislature
2016 regular session
House Bill 4540
By Delegates A. Evans, Hamilton, Kelly and Zatezalo, Romine, Wagner and Boggs
By Request of the Department of Environmental Protection
[Introduced February 15,
to the Committee on Government Organization.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §22-15A-22 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to removing prohibition of disposal of certain electronics in landfills.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §22-15A-22 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 15A. THE A. JAMES MANCHIN REHABILITATION ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION PLAN.
§22-15A-22. Prohibition on the disposal of certain items; plans for the proper handling of said items required.
(a) It is unlawful to dispose of lead-acid batteries in a solid waste landfill in West Virginia.
(b) It is unlawful to
dispose of tires in a solid waste landfill in West Virginia except for waste
tires collected as part of the departments waste tire remediation projects or
other collection efforts in accordance with the provisions of this article or
the pollution prevention
program and open dump program or other state-authorized
remediation or clean up programs: Provided, That waste tires may be
disposed of in solid waste landfills only when the state agency authorizing the
remediation or clean up program has determined there is no reasonable
(c) It is unlawful to
dispose of yard waste in a solid waste facility in West Virginia: Provided,
That the prohibitions do not apply to a facility designed specifically to
compost yard waste or otherwise recycle or reuse yard waste: Provided,
however, That reasonable and necessary exceptions to the prohibitions may
be included as part of the rules promulgated pursuant to subsection
of this section. (d) Effective January 1,
2011, covered electronic devices, as defined in section two of this article,
may not be disposed of in a solid waste landfill in West Virginia. (e) (d) The Solid Waste Management Board shall
design a comprehensive program to provide for the proper handling of yard
waste, lead-acid batteries and tires. and covered electronic devices (f) (e) The secretary shall promulgate rules, in
accordance with chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, to implement and enforce
the program for yard waste, lead-acid batteries and tires. and
covered electronic devices designed pursuant to subsection (d) (g) (f) The secretary's rule shall provide for the
disposal of yard waste in a manner consistent with one or any combination of
(1) Disposal in a publicly or privately operated commercial or noncommercial composting facility;
(2) Disposal by composting on the property from which domestic yard waste is generated or on adjoining property or neighborhood property if consent is obtained from the owner of the adjoining or neighborhood property;
(3) Disposal by open burning, where not prohibited; or
(4) Disposal in a publicly or privately operated landfill, only where none of the foregoing options are available. The manner of disposal shall only involve small quantities of domestic yard waste generated only from the property of the participating resident or tenant.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to repeal the prohibition of the disposal of certain electronic devices such as computers, monitors, and television sets in landfills.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.