An examination of the effects of Pennsylvania's mandatory recycling law on several municipalities
One of the biggest problems facing the State of Pennsylvania and our entire nation is the problem of trash disposal. Years of neglect have caused environmental damage and left government at all levels struggling to find solutions to this dilemma. To meet this problem, the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1988 passed a law mandating the implementation of municipal curbside recycling programs in certain municipalities. This state law has imposed uniques challenge on local governments.
This thesis examines whether or not several Pennsylvania mandated municipalities have been able to meet the requirements of the state recycling law. This study outlines the construct of five municipal recycling programs. Recyclable collection schemes, program financing, and citizen reactions are all examined in detail. It is apparent that local officials from these municipalities experienced many of the program design and implementation challenges described in the literature. However, they have been able to successfully overcome these challenges.
This thesis concludes that Pennsylvania's mandatory curbside recycling law is a challenge Pennsylvania municipalities can meet. Although this policy has strained the staff resources of the municipalities, it appears that recycling is an effective method of dealing with the solid waste management crisis.