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Proposed Trash Tax Would Harm Pennsylvania Businesses Most
Harrisburg, PA— Pennsylvania’s governor has proposed a $5 per ton increase in the trash tax. The president of the Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association (PWIA) said that Pennsylvania businesses, municipalities and household trash consumers would be hit hardest by the tax.
“The administration would have us believe the increase would be pain-free to Pennsylvanians because most of it would fall on out-of-state trash, but that’s just not so,” PWIA President Tom McMonigle said.
“In fact, out-of-state trash is declining,” he said. “Most of the trash disposed of in Pennsylvania is generated within Pennsylvania, and the increase would be passed along to Pennsylvanians.”
McMonigle’s comment came a day after the PWIA and 15 business and industry groups joined in voicing opposition to Gov. Ed Rendell’s proposed $5 per ton hike in the trash tax.
McMonigle said adding $5 per ton to the trash tax would push state trash taxes to $12.25 per ton and seriously add to the already-onerous tax burden with which Pennsylvania businesses must contend. Overall, businesses, municipalities, and consumers would pay a total of $73.5 million more per year for trash disposal if the tipping tax increase were passed.
This proposed increase comes only 18 months after the last tipping tax increase, which was a $4 per ton jump.
McMonigle said municipalities as well as businesses would be harmed by a tax increase. He pointed out that a typical wastewater treatment plant that produces 20,000 to 25,000 tons of sludge per year would face an increase of $100,000 to $125,000 in disposal costs, adding, “Most municipalities would be hard-pressed to deal with a budget hole like that.”
McMonigle urged business people, municipal officials, and consumers to register their opposition to the proposed tax increase by visiting the PWIA Web site at www.pawasteindustries.org and sending letters to the governor and their legislators. Visitors to the site should click on the red, white, and blue box that says, “PWIA opposes new trash taxes,” choose the appropriate “take action” button and follow the prompts.