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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 9, 2019 02:31 PM
From: Representative Angel Cruz
To: All House members
Subject: Year Round Tire Removal Program in the City of Philadelphia
The issue of illegally discarded waste tires is a serious problem, especially in our more populous metropolitan areas, such as Philadelphia. Illegally discarded waste tires contribute to the blight of Philadelphia’s landscape, decrease property values and pose a threat to the public health, safety and our environment. Illegally discarded waste tires can collect rain water and serve as the ideal habitat for mosquitoes carrying the potentially fatal West Nile or Zika viruses. In addition, toxic gases released into the atmosphere as from tire pile fires are dangerous.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, there are approximately 1.5 million waste tires throughout Pennsylvania. It is imperative that the City of Philadelphia expand the scope of its “Tire Round Up” program and establish a year round waste tire removal program that addresses the safe and adequate removal and disposal of waste tires.

Please join me in recognizing the good work of Philadelphia’s program and urging the City to expand on that work.

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

Introduced as HR80