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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 12, 2019 01:59 PM
From: Representative David M. Delloso
To: All House members
Subject: Household Hazardous Waste Collection Programs
Hazardous waste is present in nearly all of our homes. Because this waste is difficult to get rid of, most homeowners rely on municipal programs to collect and dispose of it.

Under Act 190 of 1996, the state provides matching funds of up to $100,000 per year to counties for household hazardous waste programs. Unfortunately, since the enactment of Act 190, inflation has caused the price to operate these programs to escalate. Montgomery, Lancaster, Bucks, and Berks counties each spent over $200,000 on hazardous waste collection programs in 2018. These costs will continue to grow as collection and trucking costs continue to rise and demand for such programs increases.

In an effort to further assist our communities, I plan to propose a measure that would raise the limit on matching funds provided to counties from a maximum of $100,000 per year to $250,000 per year. This increase would help to combat rising vendor costs and ensure that municipalities can continue to offer valuable hazardous waste collection programs.

Please join me in supporting this important legislation.