extends recycling, waste tire funding
More than 1,600 municipal recycling programs
across Pennsylvania – and the approximately 80,000 jobs the industry
supports – will benefit from another decade of guaranteed funding
now that Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell has signed House
According to the Governor, continuing to support local recycling
programs is important to Pennsylvania’s economy and environment.
Launched in 1988, Pennsylvania’s recycling program is funded
by a tipping fee of $2 per ton on all waste managed at municipal
waste landfills and resource recovery facilities in the state.
The fees generate approximately $35 million each year to support
municipal recycling programs.
In total, Pennsylvania recycles millions of tons of materials
each year and reuse businesses annually generate more than $20
billion in sales, which saves communities money on disposal costs
and provides an additional source of revenue.
Governor Rendell’s signature on the act ensures the tipping fee
will continue to be collected through 2020 and also authorizes
a $1.25 million transfer from the recycling fund to the Waste
Tire Remediation Fund to complete high-priority tire pile cleanups,
work that is important to protecting public health, he said.
Since 2003, the Governor noted, Pennsylvania has already removed
nearly 12.5 million waste tires by cleaning up 111 piles. Nearly
4.8 million of these tires were removed at no cost to the state
as a result of aggressive enforcement action by the Department
of Environmental Protection.