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Casey wants to restrict out-of-state trash coming to PA

U.S. senator introduces legislation he calls TRASH Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Bob Casey has introduced legislation that would restrict the flow of out-of-state trash coming into Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Democrat's proposal, called the TRASH Act, would allow states to impose higher fees on trash coming from other states.

Casey's bill also would allow states to restrict interstate waste imports by setting higher standards for handling such wastes.

For example, if a state requires certain amounts of recycling, composting, or waste reduction measures, that state could restrict out-of- state waste unless the exporting states comply with the same or higher standards.

"Pennsylvania shouldn't be a dumping ground for trash from other states," Casey said in a Wednesday news release.

"This legislation would give all 50 states more control over the solid waste coming into their states. The TRASH Act allows states to devise a policy that works for the needs of local communities."

Pennsylvania is a top waste importing state, according to Casey.

In 2014, he reported, out-of-state waste came into Pennsylvania from:

* New Jersey - 3,516,904 tons

* New York - 2,682,977 tons

* Maryland - 593,230 tons

* West Virginia - 170,903 tons

* D.C. - 75,110 tons

* Delaware - 64,452 tons

* Connecticut - 43,123 tons

* Ohio - 38,545 tons

* Virginia - 4,590 tons

* Massachusetts - 1,809 tons

* Puerto Rico - 1,646 tons

* North Carolina - 1,254

* California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Vermont, Wisconsin  sent minimal amounts, under 300 tons.


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