|Posted:||June 15, 2016 12:03 PM|
|From:||Representative Michael K. Hanna|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Supporting Pennsylvania’s Environmental Programs|
|In the near future, I will introduce legislation to raise statewide municipal waste tipping fees from $6.25 to $8.00 per ton to support our environmental agencies and programs.
Under my proposal, state-levied landfill tipping fees would increase by $1.75 per ton for municipal waste. My legislation would amend Title 27 (Environmental Resources) to increase the disposal fee for all solid waste disposed of at a municipal waste landfill from $4.00 to $5.75 per ton. This new fee would now apply to construction/demolition waste and residual waste.
Under current law, each operator of a municipal waste landfill pays $0.25 cents per ton for all solid waste received at a landfill. Current law also provides for a $2.00 per ton recycling fee for waste disposed of at municipal waste landfills. This legislation would ensure that these fees apply to waste disposed of at construction/demolition waste and residual waste landfills as well. Captive waste landfills would remain exempt from all of these fees.
The fee increase is expected to generate approximately $35 million per year. This revenue would be deposited into the Environmental Stewardship Fund and would be distributed in the same manner as the current fees. The new fees would allow us to bolster the same agencies and programs that the current fees support, including conservation and environmental protection projects, the creation of greenways, trails, community parks, and wildlife habitat preservation. Without new revenue, Environmental Stewardship Fund programs could be reduced due to declining revenues in the Oil and Gas Lease Fund, which provides annual funding to the Environmental Stewardship Fund and the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation. Thank you in advance for your consideration. If you have any questions, please contact Lynette Perkins at 717-772-2283 or by e-mail at LMPerkins@pahouse.net.
Introduced as HB2223