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Quakertown on board with county waste management plan

Goal is 35 percent recyling rate

QUAKERTOWN, Pa. - Quakertown Borough Council voted to ratify the Bucks County Municipal Waste Management Plan Wednesday night, voicing approval for a 10-year county policy that will provide guidance on proper waste management and recycling through 2028.

  • The county plan details the description of waste and facilities, future capacity requirements, the county’s recycling program and the location of waste management facilities as required by Pennsylvania’s Municipal Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act, known as Act 101.
  • The municipal waste management plan also provides guidance for the management of solid waste and encourages recycling within the county in an effort to maintain a 35 percent recycling rate, a goal set by the state. 

“The Bucks County Planning Commission will continue its solid waste management activities including: the coordination with municipal efforts, public education, promotion and coordination of recycling efforts throughout the county, provision of a household hazardous waste collection program and assistance to the Bucks County Solid Waste Advisory Committee,” the plan states.

Quakertown Borough Manager Scott McElree said at council’s June 25 meeting that the 35 percent rate is a reasonable goal and praised the county’s efforts to promote recycling. 

“One of the things that the plan does do that I was happy to see is they’re leaning more toward education programs for recycling, better data collection, and then also looking at enforcement of the recycling,” he said. “Right now Bucks County’s goal is to get to about 35 percent of recycling in the county. I think that’s a good goal.”

McElree said in June that Bucks County is considering implementing more single-stream recycling, which allows residents to combine recyclables instead of having to separate them. McElree said this could increase the recycling rate within the county.

The county policy will be approved once it is ratified by more than one-half of county municipalities representing over one-half of the county’s 2010 population, a resolution passed Wednesday night by Quakertown Borough Council says.

McElree also noted that the county is expecting to see a population increase of about 50,000 residents.

He said in June that the borough has always complied with waste collection and recycling requirements

The resolution ratifying the plan was passed unanimously. 

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