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An examination of the effects of Pennsylvania's mandatory recycling law on several municipalities


1993 1993

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Abstract (summary)

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.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Public administration
Classification
0617: Public administration
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences
Title
An examination of the effects of Pennsylvania's mandatory recycling law on several municipalities
Author
Gombar, Thomas J.
Number of pages
114
Publication year
1993
Degree date
1993
School code
0467
Source
MAI 45/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
University/institution
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
University location
United States -- Pennsylvania
Degree
M.P.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
EP21304
ProQuest document ID
304094480
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304094480
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