260.325. 1. The executive board of each district shall submit to the department a plan which has been approved by the council for a solid waste management system serving areas within its jurisdiction and shall, from time to time, submit officially adopted revisions of its plan as it deems necessary or the department may require. In developing the district's solid waste management plan, the board shall consider the model plan distributed to the board pursuant to section 260.225. Districts may contract with a licensed professional engineer or as provided in chapter 70 for the development and submission of a joint plan.
2. The board shall hold at least one public hearing in each county in the district when it prepares a proposed plan or substantial revisions to a plan in order to solicit public comments on the plan.
3. The solid waste management plan shall be submitted to the department within eighteen months of the formation of the district. The plan shall be prepared and submitted according to the procedures specified in section 260.220 and this section.
4. Each plan shall:
(1) Delineate areas within the district where solid waste management systems are in existence;
(2) Reasonably conform to the rules and regulations adopted by the department for implementation of sections 260.200 to 260.345;
(3) Delineate provisions for the collection of recyclable materials or collection points for recyclable materials;
(4) Delineate provisions for the collection of compostable materials or collection points for compostable materials;
(5) Delineate provisions for the separation of household waste and other small quantities of hazardous waste at the source or prior to disposal;
(6) Delineate provisions for the orderly extension of solid waste management services in a manner consistent with the needs of the district, including economic impact, and in a manner which will minimize degradation of the waters or air of the state, prevent public nuisances or health hazards, promote recycling and waste minimization and otherwise provide for the safe and sanitary management of solid waste;
(7) Take into consideration existing comprehensive plans, population trend projections, engineering and economics so as to delineate those portions of the district which may reasonably be expected to be served by a solid waste management system;
(8) Specify how the district will achieve a reduction in solid waste placed in sanitary landfills through waste minimization, reduction and recycling;
(9) Establish a timetable, with milestones, for the reduction of solid waste placed in a landfill through waste minimization, reduction and recycling;
(10) Establish an education program to inform the public about responsible waste management practices;
(11) Establish procedures to minimize the introduction of small quantities of hazardous waste, including household hazardous waste, into the solid waste stream;
(12) Establish a time schedule and proposed method of financing for the development, construction and operation of the planned solid waste management system together with the estimated cost thereof;
(13) Identify methods by which rural households that are not served by a regular solid waste collection service may participate in waste reduction, recycling and resource recovery efforts within the district; and
(14) Include such other reasonable information as the department shall require.
5. The board shall review the district's solid waste management plan at least every twenty-four months for the purpose of evaluating the district's progress in meeting the requirements and goals of the plan, and shall submit plan revisions to the department and council.
6. In the event any plan or part thereof is disapproved, the department shall furnish any and all reasons for such disapproval and shall offer assistance for correcting deficiencies. The executive board shall within sixty days revise and resubmit the plan for approval or request a hearing in accordance with section 260.235. Any plan submitted by a district shall stand approved one hundred twenty days after submission unless the department disapproves the plan or some provision thereof.
7. The director may institute appropriate action under section 260.240 to compel submission of plans in accordance with sections 260.200 to 260.345 and the rules and regulations adopted pursuant to sections 260.200 to 260.345.
8. The provisions of section 260.215 to the contrary notwithstanding, any county within a region which on or after January 1, 1995, is not a member of a district shall by June 30, 1995, submit a solid waste management plan to the department of natural resources. Any county which withdraws from a district and all cities within the county with a population over five hundred shall submit a solid waste plan or a revision to an existing plan to the department of natural resources within one hundred eighty days of its decision not to participate. The plan shall meet the requirements of section 260.220 and this section.
9. Funds may, upon appropriation, be made available to cities, counties and districts, under section 260.335, for the purpose of implementing the requirements of this section.
10. The district board shall arrange for independent financial audits of the records and accounts of its operations by a certified public accountant or a firm of certified public accountants. Districts receiving two hundred thousand dollars or more of financial assistance shall have annual independent financial audits and districts receiving less than two hundred thousand dollars of financial assistance shall have independent financial audits at least once every two years. The state auditor may examine the findings of such audits and may conduct audits of the districts. Subject to limitations caused by the availability resources, the department shall conduct a performance audit of grants to each district at least once every three years.
(L. 1990 S.B. 530, A.L. 1991 S.B. 45, A.L. 1995 S.B. 60 & 112, A.L. 2005 S.B. 225)
Missouri General Assembly