Court ruling won't change recycling requirements

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Oct 25, 2013 12:51 PM

Recycling programs across the region will go forward as usual after a recent court decision rejecting a city's attempt to charge fees for the service.


The Department of Environmental Protection will not modify requirements for recycling programs. 

The Commonwealth Court ruling struck down Reading's mandatory recycling fee, saying it violates state law.
Municipalities with more than 10-thousand residents, or or especially dense areas, are required to offer recycling. 

DEP spokesperson Lisa Kasianowitz says the court ruling doesn't impact the basic requirements. 

Since recycling is dependent upon population, that really doesn't change no matter what court case is going on.

We have Act 101 of 1988 mandates what those municipalities must do." 

Kasianowitz says D-E-P offers about 36 million dollars in grants to subsidize recycling programs. 

But she adds that's often not enough to fulfill the requests from communities. 

Kasianowitz did not comment on the specific decision, saying DEP has some pending cases. 

She said about $36 million in grants are available from the state every year to help pay for recycling programs.

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