House Urban Affairs Committee sends Cruz’ waste tire bill to full House

Legislation cracks down on illegal dumping

HARRISBURG, May 15 – The House Urban Affairs Committee this week unanimously voted to curb illegal dumping of waste tires in Philadelphia and sent state Rep. Angel Cruz’ bill to the full House for consideration.

“I’m thankful the committee understood the need for and merit of House Bill 342 to better address the serious problem of illegal tire dumping in Philadelphia,” said Cruz, D-Phila. “The legislature last addressed illegal dumping when I championed legislation in 2004, but the law did not include waste tires, which caused the problem to build to a critical point in the city. If we are going to protect the health and wellness of our neighborhoods, then we need to provide enforcement of all trash laws, including waste tires.” “My House Bill 342 works to make sure we enforce ordinances, rules and regulations prohibiting dumping or disposal of waste, trash or debris, as well as fine those who violate them. Furthermore, by providing enforcement of trash laws, we better protect the health and wellness of our neighborhoods.”

Cruz said when the legislature last addressed illegal dumping in 2004, the law did not include waste tires, which caused the problem to build to a critical point in the city. House Bill 342 would set penalties for illegal dumping of waste tires at no more than $500 per tire and require documentation and recordkeeping by businesses dealing in waste tires and waste tire haulers within Philadelphia. Monies collected as a result of a penalty are to be used to encourage recycling, expand waste tire disposal programs or enforce compliance. The bill also would strengthen the definition of waste tires to encourage recycling and expand waste tire disposal programs.

According to Cruz, his bill takes the necessary steps to address illegal tire dumping in Philadelphia and could possibly lead to a model for all of Pennsylvania.