Friday, November 17, 2017

Keep PA Beautiful Held Regional Waste And Recycling Roundtable Nov. 15

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful hosted a regional Waste and Recycling Roundtable in Meadville, Crawford County for recycling coordinators, Keep America Beautiful Affiliates and other professionals on November 15-- America Recycles Day.
Discussion focused on topics related to universal access to convenient and affordable trash disposal and recycling, Act 101, the Municipal Waste Planning Recycling and Waste Reduction Act that requires larger municipalities to recycle, the Waste Electronic Equipment Recovery Act that establishes a recovery and management program for waste electronic equipment and various litter fine bills currently introduced in the Senate and House.
Nearly 30 waste and recycling professionals from over 11 counties attended.
Jill Dunlap, Zoning Officer, West Mead Township; Jerry Zona, Director Lawrence-Mercer Recycling/Solid Waste Department; and Jack Crow, Operations Supervisor, Waste Management Program, DEP Northwest Region, led a panel discussion of enforcing waste and recycling laws at the community level.
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful reviewed their enforcement support tools and resources available to local communities through their Illegal Dump Free PA Program, including a security camera loan program available to municipalities throughout Pennsylvania that captures evidence of illegal dumping at active illegal dumpsites, aiding in convictions.    
“For nearly three decades, the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful network has properly disposed of 872,000 tires and recycled more than 4.8 million pounds of electronics, but our goal isn’t to clean up trash, it is to prevent these materials from being dumped in the first place,” said Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.  “We believe that it is time for a more comprehensive approach to waste and recycling management in Pennsylvania.  We are honored to bring together professionals to share ideas and continue this significant discussion.”
For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful website. Click Here to become a member.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from KPB, Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter, Discover them on Pinterest and visit their YouTube Channel.
Also visit the Illegal Dump Free PA website for more ideas on how to clean up communities and keep them clean and KPB’s Electronics Waste website.

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