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SECTION 27-0405
New York state local resource reuse and development program
Environmental Conservation (ENV) CHAPTER 43-B, ARTICLE 27, TITLE 4
§ 27-0405. New York state local resource reuse and development program.

1. The department shall design and actively implement a local resource
reuse and development program which shall promote the collection,
intermediate processing and marketing of waste materials that are now
being disposed of as municipal solid waste in New York state. The
program shall:

(a) promote the development and implementation of resource reuse
programs by municipalities;

(b) serve as a clearinghouse for information regarding existing
municipal resource reuse programs;

(c) identify special needs and problems facing municipalities in
developing and implementing resource reuse programs, and recommend
approaches and solutions to address such identified needs and problems;
and

(d) provide other technical assistance to municipalities seeking to
develop and implement resource reuse programs.

2. The program shall provide funding for up to seventy-five percent of
the cost of municipal resource reuse programs, including the cost of
planning, designing, coordinating and implementing collection,
processing, marketing, public participation, promotional and other
activities essential to carrying out the program. Funds shall be made
available for one or more of the following purposes:

(a) an analysis of the municipal waste stream;

(b) a preliminary market survey to identify:

(1) firms in the region that currently process, broker, market or
otherwise engage in resource reuse activities, and

(2) the quantity of additional waste materials that current markets
could absorb;

(c) development and distribution of information based on the operation
of the program and the related materials and market considerations;

(d) support of a local resource reuse coordinator who will be
responsible for overseeing development and implementation of the
municipal resource reuse program. Duties shall include coordinating
municipal collection, intermediate processing and marketing efforts with
existing local, regional and state resource reuse and market development
efforts; and

(e) development of a comprehensive resource reuse public education and
promotion campaign to inform residents regarding the need for and
operation of local resource reuse efforts and to increase public
awareness of the benefits to be accrued from utilizing reused and
recycled products. The promotional campaign shall include, but need not
be limited to:

(1) public education and outreach activities such as: magazine,
newspaper, television, radio and public transportation advertisements
and public informational meetings and seminars; and

(2) dissemination of public information materials providing the
details of the municipal program including, but not limited to items to
be collected, collection locations and schedules.

3. The department shall receive applications for assistance from a
municipality, acting alone or in conjunction with one or more other
municipalities. Applications shall be evaluated based on the following
criteria:

(a) energy savings of the proposal;

(b) technical feasibility of the proposal;

(c) municipal government commitment to the program;

(d) whether the applicant has pursued other sources of funding,
including, but not limited to funding available under title nine of
article fifty-one of this chapter; and

(e) demonstrated ability of the applicant to carry out the proposed
program.

4. In evaluating proposals, the department shall consider the
potential for coordination and consolidation of solid waste practices
among municipalities within specified areas or regions, and shall
encourage such cooperation and consolidation where it is practicable and
would result in enhanced energy savings, environmental protection and
cost effectiveness.