|Posted:||April 8, 2019 09:39 AM|
|From:||Representative Elizabeth Fiedler|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Disposal Fee for Municipal Waste Landfills|
|In recent years, Pennsylvania has imported an increasingly large volume of solid waste from New Jersey and New York. As a consequence, the environmental impact due to the transportation, handling, and disposal of residual waste on the Commonwealth’s natural resources and residents has significantly increased. In order to address this issue, I will be introducing legislation that would increase the disposal fee for municipal waste landfills from $4 per ton to $8 per ton to help support important conservation and environmental protection programs.
Currently, Section 6301 of Title 27 (Environment) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes requires municipal waste landfill operators to pay a fee of $4 per ton for the disposal of solid waste at their landfills. Revenue from the collected fees are allocated to the Environmental Stewardship Fund, which provides financial support for the greenways, trails, community parks, and wildlife habitat preservation, along with various other programs administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
I believe we have a responsibility under the Pennsylvania Constitution to ensure that our natural resources are protected, and that we safeguard the health and safety of our citizens against long-term environmental degradation. Please consider joining me in support of this important measure.
Introduced as HB1629