The House Local Government Committee Wednesday reported out House Bill 1533 (Rader-R- Monroe) which would amend the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act (Act 101) to exempt certain rural local governments from having mandatory leaf collection programs.
“In many rural areas, residents dispose of their leaves by moving them into a wooded area. Therefore, it is expensive and unnecessary for those townships to be required to fund and operate leaf collection programs,” said Rep. Jack Rader. “My bill would allow municipalities with over 5,000 people and a population density of under 500 people per square mile to end their leaf recycling programs if they choose. This is a cost-saving piece of legislation that would help our rural townships by providing them with options for the manner in which they handle leaf collection.”
Also included in this bill is a leaf-burning ban that is required for those municipalities that opt out of municipal leaf collection.The bill moved to the House Floor for a vote.