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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: December 29, 2016 09:08 AM
From: Representative Tina M. Davis
To: All House members
Subject: Legislation Regarding Recycling at Turnpike Rest Areas
In the near future, I will be reintroducing legislation from last session (House Bill 796) that would require the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to make recycling containers for aluminum, glass, and plastic available to the public at all Turnpike rest areas.

More than 500,000 motorists travel on the Turnpike each day, many of whom stop at rest areas during their trips, in part, to discard trash and recyclables in an environmentally friendly manner. However, while the Turnpike Commission has placed recycling containers at some rest areas, it is not required to do so under current law.

As such, the legislation that I will be reintroducing would ensure that recycling containers are available to the public at all Turnpike rest areas. In addition, the legislation would authorize the Turnpike Commission to retain all proceeds received from recycled items, which would provide the Commission with a small, but much-needed revenue boost to help it meet the challenges of Act 44 of 2007 and Act 89 of 2013, both of which require the Commission to transfer some of its funds to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

I hope you will join me in supporting this important measure.

Introduced as HB577