Section 288.1185, Florida Statutes 2004
288.1185 Recycling Markets Advisory Committee.--
(1) There is created the Recycling Markets Advisory Committee, hereinafter referred to as the "committee," to be administratively housed in the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development. The purpose of the committee shall be to serve as the mechanism for coordination among state agencies and the private sector to coordinate policy and overall strategic planning for developing new markets and expanding and enhancing existing markets for recovered materials. The committee may not duplicate or replace agency programs, but shall enhance, coordinate, and recommend priorities for those programs.
(2)(a) The committee shall consist of 12 members, 10 of whom shall be appointed by the Governor, each of whom is or has been actively engaged in the recycling industry or a related business area, including the use of product packaging materials, or is a local government official with a demonstrated knowledge of recycling; a member of the House of Representatives to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, who shall serve without voting rights as an ex officio member of the committee; and a member of the Senate to be appointed by the President of the Senate, who shall serve without voting rights as an ex officio member of the committee.
(b) Members of the committee shall be appointed within 60 days after this section takes effect.
(c) A chairperson shall be appointed by the Governor from among the members of the committee.
(d) The committee shall meet at the call of its chairperson or at the request of a majority of its membership, but at least biannually. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum, and the affirmative vote of a majority of a quorum is necessary to take official action.
(e) Members of the committee shall serve without compensation but are entitled to receive reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses as provided in s. 112.061.
(f) The committee may appoint ad hoc committees, which may include persons who are not members of the committee, to study recycled materials market development problems and issues and advise the committee on these subjects. Ad hoc committee members may be reimbursed for per diem and travel expenses as provided in s. 112.061.
(g) The Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development shall coordinate with agencies listed in paragraph (3)(a) to provide support as necessary to enable the committee to adequately carry out its functions.
(3)(a) The heads of the Department of Transportation, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Management Services, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Florida Energy Office, and the Governor shall each designate a staff member from within the agency to serve as the recycling market development liaison for the agency. This person shall have knowledge of recycling and the issues and problems related to recycling and recycled materials market development. This person shall be the primary point of contact for the agency on issues related to recycled materials market development. These liaisons shall be available for committee meetings and shall work closely with the committee and other recycling market development liaisons to further the goals of the committee, as appropriate.
(b) Whenever it is necessary to change the designee, the head of each agency shall notify the Governor in writing of the person designated as the recycling market development liaison for such agency.
(4)(a) By October 1, 1993, the committee shall develop a plan to set goals and provide direction for developing new markets and expanding and enhancing existing markets for recovered materials.
(b) In developing the plan and any needed legislation, the committee shall consider:
1. Developing new markets and expanding and enhancing existing markets for recovered materials.
2. Pursuing expanded end uses for recycled materials.
3. Targeting materials for concentrated market development efforts.
4. Developing proposals for new incentives for market development, particularly focusing on targeted materials.
5. Providing guidance on issues such as permitting, finance options for recycling market development, site location, research and development, grant program criteria for recycled materials markets, recycling markets education and information, and minimum content.
6. Coordinating the efforts of various government entities with market development responsibilities.
7. Evaluating the need for competitively solicited, cooperative ventures in rural areas for collecting, processing, marketing, and procuring collected materials.
8. Evaluating source-reduced products as they relate to state procurement policy. The evaluation shall include, but is not limited to, the environmental and economic impact of source-reduced product purchases on the state. For the purposes of this section, "source-reduced" means any method, process, product, or technology which significantly or substantially reduces the volume or weight of a product while providing, at a minimum, equivalent or generally similar performance and service to and for the users of such materials.
(5) By November 1 of each year, beginning in 1994, the committee shall submit to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives a complete and detailed report setting forth in appropriate detail the operations and accomplishments of the committee and the activities of existing agencies and programs in support of the goals established by the committee, including any recommendations for statutory changes.
(6) In order to support the functions of the committee, the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development may hire staff or contract with other agencies for staff support and enter into contracts for support, research, planning, evaluation, and communication and promotion services.
History.--s. 5, ch. 93-207; s. 117, ch. 94-356; s. 47, ch. 96-320; s. 67, ch. 99-13.