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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 7, 2019 01:57 PM
From: Representative Angel Cruz
To: All House members
Subject: Disposal of Waste Tires
“Filthadelphia” is what Philadelphia has been called at times due to widespread illegal dumping. While not a new problem, reports of illegal dumping, such as short dumping and waste tire disposal, have been on the rise for the last two years. An increase in such acts exponentially increases the potential negative impacts on the health, safety, the environment and overall quality of life for the citizens and visitors of Philadelphia.

Current enforcement is not effective since illegal dumping is considered a minor criminal offense and only short dumping, and not waste tires, was addressed when we passed Act 227 in 2004. My legislation would address the disposal of waste tires by providing for a penalty of $5,000 per tire. The bill would also require documentation and recordkeeping by a business dealing in waste tires and waste tire haulers, provide for waste tire enforcement to encourage recycling, expand waste tire disposal programs in accordance with the Waste Tire Disposal Act and enforce compliance with the act.

Taking the necessary steps to address illegal dumping in Philadelphia will lead to a model for all of Pennsylvania. Please join me in prioritizing for our health, our environment, our future.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my Harrisburg office at 717-705-1925.

Introduced as HB342