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Sen. Casey Introduces Bill to Control Pennsylvania Trash

Sen. Robert P. Casey (D., Pa.) introduced legislation Wednesday that could change how waste is moved between states, potentially reducing the amount that ends up in Pennsylvania landfills.

The bill, known as the Trash Reduction and Sensible Handling Act of 2015, would allow states to set their own standards for handling waste, and require that all waste shipped in from other states meets those standards. It would also allow states to impose fees for collecting waste from out of state even if the incoming waste met the host state's standards.

The goal, Casey said in a statement, was to reduce the amount of trash sent into Pennsylvania, which in 2014 received more than seven million tons from other states, according to figures from the state Department for Environmental Protection.

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