HARRISBURG, Pa. (May 19, 2010)—Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell has signed into law House Bill 961, which reauthorizes the state's municipal recycling and waste tire cleanup programs through 2020.
The bill continues through 2020 the $2-per-ton tipping fee for all waste managed at municipal waste landfills and resource recovery facilities throughout Pennsylvania. The tipping fee, which began in 1988, generates about $35 million annually to support the state's municipal recycling programs, according to a press release from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
Also, the bill transfers $1.25 million from the recycling fund to the state's Waste Tire Remediation Fund to complete high-priority tire pile cleanups, the release said. Since 2003 Pennsylvania has cleaned up nearly 12.5 million tires from 111 piles across the state, the DEP said.