Keller Sponsored Recycling Mandate Relief Signed Into Law
MIFFLINBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Fred Keller (R-85th District) to amend the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act has been signed into law.

Under Act 83 of 2012, municipalities must now exclude the number of people residing in any federal or state facility, such as a prison that conducts a facility-wide recycling program administered by the federal or state government, when determining population and eligibility to receive state recycling grants.

Prior to Act 83, state law required municipalities with a population of more than 5,000 people but less than 10,000 people and which has a population density greater than 300 people per square mile, to implement a mandatory curbside recycling program. Total population is determined by the most recent 10-year U.S. Census. The procedure used by the U.S. Census Bureau counts the number of residents of any state or federal facility within the municipality as part of that community’s population.

“According to the census, nearly one-third of Kelly Township’s total population currently resides at the federal correctional institute,” said Keller. “Consequently, while being required to implement a population-based state recycling program, Kelly Township is strictly prohibited from collecting recycling from the prison. Act 83 is a commonsense safeguard to minimize the unnecessary duplication of waste management efforts and costs.”

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State Representative Fred Keller
85th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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