|Posted:||April 12, 2021 12:30 PM|
|From:||Representative Angel Cruz|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Disposal of Waste Tires|
|The illegal dumping of waste tires in the City of Philadelphia is an incredibly serious, widespread problem impacting not only the appearance of our communities, but also the safety and quality of life of our citizens living and commuting in these neighborhoods. The City of Philadelphia spends $8 million annually to stop illegal dumping – an investment exceeding that of any other city in the Commonwealth.
We need stronger accountability and enforcement measures to deter individuals and businesses from polluting our neighborhoods and staining the fabric of our communities. Current enforcement is not effective as illegal dumping is considered a minor criminal offense, and the enactment of Act 227 of 2004 only addressed short dumping rather than waste tires.
My legislation seeks to directly curb this behavior by imposing a penalty of no more than $500 per tire for violators caught illegally dumping waste tires. The bill would also require businesses dealing in or hauling waste tires to keep records on their inventory, expand waste tire disposal programs, and enforce compliance with the Waste Tire Disposal Act. Any fines collected by the City of Philadelphia will be directed to the development and expansion of recycling programs.
I ask that you join me in supporting this legislation to provide the City of Philadelphia with the tools to address the harmful environmental, safety, and community impact of illegal dumping of waste tires.