Senate Bill No. 252

(By Senator Schoonover)


[Introduced January 29, 1996; referred to the Committee on Natural Resources.]

A BILL to amend and reenact section three, article fifteen, chapter twenty-two of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to the disposal of yard waste by owners or tenants on private property.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section three, article fifteen, chapter twenty-two of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:

§22-15-3. Special provision for wood waste; yard waste.

(a) The purpose of this section is to allow for the combustion of wood waste without a solid waste facility permit and to allow facilities to use wood waste as an alternative fuel and to provide for the proper collection and disposal of yard waste generated by residents and tenants who own private property in residential areas or rural areas of the state.
(b) "Wood waste" means wood residues from logging operations, sawmills, wood product manufacturing, furniture making operations, recycling of wood products and other industrial processes, but does not include wood waste which contains hazardous constituents, including copper chromium arsenate, which would cause such wood waste to be regulated pursuant to article eighteen of this chapter.
(c) "Yard waste" means grass clippings, weeds, leaves, brush, garden waste, shrub or tree prunings and other living or dead plant tissues, except that, such materials which, due to inadvertent contamination or mixture with other substances which render the waste unsuitable for composting, shall not be considered to be yard waste: Provided, That the same or similar waste generated by commercial agricultural enterprises is excluded.
(c) (d) For purposes of section two of this article and section two, article four, chapter twenty-two-c of this code:
(1) Wood waste and yard waste is are not "solid waste" unless disposed of at a solid waste facility. or an open dump
(2) Wood waste is a material which may be used as an effective substitute for commercial products or raw material feedstock.
(d) (e) The use of incineration technologies in an energy recovery incinerator for the purposes of combusting wood waste is not prohibited and no solid waste facility permit is required. The provisions of this section do not allow the combustion of wood waste without a source permit from the director if such permit is required by article five of this chapter or the rules promulgated under the provisions of said article.
(e) (f) Yard waste, as described in subsections (a) and (c) of this section, may be disposed of in a manner consistent with one or any combination of the following:
(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 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 such activity is not prohibited by this code, rules promulgated hereunder or municipal or county codes or ordinances.
(4) Disposal in a publicly or privately operated landfill, only where none of the foregoing options are available. Such manner of disposal will involve only small quantities of domestic yard waste generated only from the property of the participating resident or tenant.
(g) The rules promulgated pursuant to section eight, article eleven, chapter twenty of this code will be amended by the division of environmental protection to faithfully and accurately reflect the intent and purpose of this section regarding the disposal of yard waste.
The division may promulgate legislative rules, in accordance with the provisions of chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, to effectuate the purposes of this section.

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide that "yard waste" does not constitute "solid waste" except under certain circumstances and to establish permissible methods of disposing of the same.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.