Harrisburg, June 13, 2017 — Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement regarding the public hearing held today by the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution and Conservation Committee on Act 101 of 1988, which established Pennsylvania’s recycling program:

“The committee heard today that it is imperative for the legislature to eliminate the sunset for the $2.00 tipping fee that provides necessary financial support for local recycling programs – legislation that was fortunately approved by the full Senate today (SB 646).

“Since its creation, Pennsylvania’s recycling program has worked to keep hundreds of millions of tons of recyclable materials out of landfills, support more than 170,000 direct and indirect jobs, and provide necessary revenue to state and municipal governments. Despite this success, we need to continue important conversations and efforts to improve this law to ensure that funding reaches rural and small communities in need of recycling programs, as well as to ensure that important recyclable products that have a market in Pennsylvania – such as glass – are not excluded from this process.”