2011-04-21 / Local & State

Two Decades On, A Call To Revamp PA Recycling Law

By Mark Scolforo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s recycling law has diverted a mountain of trash from landfills since it was adopted more than two decades ago, but a new study says it ought to be revisited.

A 45-page report issued last week by a Widener University School of Law professor and several of his students proposes wholesale changes to what was once the nation’s largest mandatory recycling program.

They said it has become “rudderless and drifting,” with considerable unused capacity.

Among the recommendations: force more municipalities to set up programs, expand the sorts of items that must be recycled and be more aggressive about public education.

Professor John Dernbach says he thinks the public is already on board, particularly younger people who have grown up with recycling.

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