Signatures Are Needed For 'Yardwaste
Disposal Ban' Resolution!
NEWS RELEASE: March 1, 1999
CONTACT: Lynn Landes, Director,
www.ZeroWasteAmerica.org / firstname.lastname@example.org / 215-629-3553
DEP MISLEADS ON YARD WASTE
Once again a spokesperson for the
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has
misled the press, the public, and politicians on the subject of a
yard waste disposal ban.
In a Feb. 24 Bucks County Courier Times article, Rick Morrison, a
DEP spokesperson, indicated to the reporter that Pennsylvania
already has a yardwaste disposal ban in place. Morrisons
comments were in response to statements by Rep. David Steil,
leader of the Pennsylvania House of Representative's Waste
Caucus, and Lynn Landes, of Zero Waste America (ZWA), on the
merits of the soon-to-be-proposed yard waste disposal
ban legislation and its impact on waste imports.
Over the last several years, in both public forums and private
discussions, Landes has repeatedly corrected DEP officials on
their misleading statements regarding the existence of a yard
waste disposal ban under Pennsylvania law.
"Pennsylvania does not currently have a disposal ban on yard
waste, in general, nor on grass clippings and leaf waste,
specifically. Act 101, Section 1502 only applies a waste disposal
restriction to truckloads composed primarily of leaf
waste,'" says Landes.
The regulations do not prohibit truckloads that are not
primarily composed of leaf waste, which means that a
considerable amount of leaf waste in an unlimited number of trash
trucks is acceptable. Grass clippings are exempt for any disposal
restrictions. (Revised 9/27/99).
A complete yard waste disposal ban will prohibit both in-state
and out-of-state trash haulers from disposing of yard waste in
Pennsylvania landfills or incinerators. Disposal ban proponents
hope that it will be the first in a series of disposal bans that
will help stop waste imports and start protecting Pennsylvanians'
health and natural resources.
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