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S. 1376: Protect America’s Paper for Recycling Act

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 27, 2021 (Introduced).



1st Session

S. 1376


April 27, 2021

(for herself, Mr. Boozman, Ms. Baldwin, Mr. Cassidy, and Mr. Carper) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance


To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the definition of municipal solid waste.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Protect America's Paper for Recycling Act.


Modification to definition of municipal solid waste


In general

Paragraph (6) of section 45(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended to read as follows:


Municipal solid waste


In general

The term municipal solid waste has the meaning given the term solid waste under section 1004(27) of the Solid Waste Disposal Act (42 U.S.C. 6903(27)), except that such term does not include—


paper which is commonly recycled and which has been segregated from other solid waste (as so defined), or


solid waste (as so defined) which is collected as part of a system which does not provide for the separate collection of paper which is commonly recycled from residential solid waste (as defined in section 246.101 of title 40, Code of Federal Regulations).


Special rule with respect to incidental and residual waste

Subparagraph (A)(ii) shall not apply to—


solid waste (as so defined) which only contains an incidental amount of commonly recycled paper, and


solid waste (as so defined) which is residual waste generated at a materials recovery facility that receives and processes only paper and other recyclable materials containing no more than an incidental amount of non-recyclable solid waste.


No effect on existing processes

Nothing in subparagraph (A) shall be interpreted to require a State or a political subdivision of a State, directly or indirectly, to change the systems, processes, or equipment it uses to collect, treat, dispose, or otherwise use municipal solid waste, within the meaning of the Solid Waste Disposal Act (42 U.S.C. 6903 et seq.), nor require a change to the regulations that implement subtitle D of such Act (42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.).



Rules with respect to electricity produced from solid waste

Subsection (e) of section 45 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:


Source of municipal solid waste feedstock

In the case of a qualified facility that produces electricity both from municipal solid waste and other solid waste that is not a qualified energy resource—


such facility shall be considered a qualified facility if it otherwise meets the requirements of subsection (d), and


subsection (a) shall only apply to that portion of the electricity produced from municipal solid waste.



Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act.