The State of Pennsylvania has had a recycling mandate in place for the last 30 years, and now that it’s about to expire, the state is considering an overhaul of the law to make it more relevant to the state’s current expectations and goals.
Under the current law, municipalities with less than 5,000 residents aren’t required to provide residential curbside pickup of recyclables, which means that only about 18 percent of the state’s more than 2,500 municipalities offer residential curbside recycling services. The law also includes a $2-per-ton fee on waste, which helps support the state’s current recycling programs.
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In coming up with a plan to save polar bears from climate change, students at Colfax Upper Elementary School decided to encourage recycling.
But Springdale, where their school is located, doesn't provide recycling to residents at their homes — nor does any municipality within the Allegheny Valley School District — because the state's 30-year-old recycling law says they don't have to.
Some say it's time to rethink that.