Health & Safety Code Section 361.0135
(a)The operator of a public or privately owned municipal solid waste facility is entitled to a refund of 15 percent of the solid waste fees collected by the facility under Section 361.013 (Solid Waste Disposal and Transportation Fees)(a) if:
(1)the refunds are used to lease or purchase and operate equipment necessary to compost yard waste;
(2)composting operations are actually performed; and
(3)the finished compost material produced by the facility is returned to beneficial reuse.
(b)The amount of the refund authorized by this section increases to 20 percent of the solid waste fees collected by the facility if, in addition to composting the yard waste, the operator of the facility voluntarily bans the disposal of yard waste at the facility.
(c)In order to receive a refund authorized by this section, the operator of the facility must submit a composting plan to the commission. The commission by rule may set a fee for reviewing a composting plan in an amount not to exceed the costs of review.
(d)The operator is entitled to a refund of fees collected by the facility under Section 361.013 (Solid Waste Disposal and Transportation Fees)(a) on or after the date on which the commission approves the composting plan. The refund is collectable beginning on the date that the first composting operations occur in accordance with the approved plan. The commission may allow the refund to be applied as a credit against fees required to be collected by the facility under Section 361.013 (Solid Waste Disposal and Transportation Fees)(a).
(e)In this section, the terms “compost,” “composting,” and “yard waste” have the meanings assigned by Section 361.421 (Definitions).
(f)This section expires September 1, 1999, if the commission on or before that date determines that a market in composting materials has developed sufficiently to ensure that composting activities will continue without the incentives provided by this section.
Section 361.0135 — Composting Refund,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.361.htm#361.0135 (accessed Dec. 2, 2023).