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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 4, 2020 02:31 PM
From: Senator Scott Martin
To: All Senate members
Subject: Increasing Weight Limits for Municipally Hauled Solid Waste
In the near future, I intend to reintroduce Senate Bill 1306, which will increase the maximum allowable weight for transporting municipal trash hauled by municipalities.

To illustrate how this legislation could impact a community, currently, the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) transports approximately 410,000 tons of solid waste a year by making roughly 19,500 trips from their transfer station.

Should the weight limit be increased from 80,000 to 95,000 pounds, LCSWMA could reduce the number of trips by approximately 4,300 or 22 percent.  Making 22 percent fewer trips would:
  • improve air quality;
  • reduce fuel and maintenance costs;
  • reduce truck traffic and traffic congestion.
These improvements would result in 20 percent annual cost savings and keep consumer prices down. 

Thank you for considering co-sponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as SB58