Thanks to Act 101, over 90% of PA has access to a recycling program. It still isn’t enough.
Act 101 transitioned Pennsylvania from a system where only 2% of material was recycled in 1988 to a system that now has 1,141 curbside recycling programs and 814 drop off recycling programs in the state. While it succeeded in growing the recycling rate, it did not meet all of its goals. Many provisions within the Act created unintended impacts, actually limiting the growth of Pennsylvania’s recycling system and a pathway towards zero waste and a circular economy.
To meet current challenges, PRC and our partners reviewed best practices from jurisdictions around the Commonwealth, the country, and the world. We are proud to present 15 recommendations to modernize Pennsylvania’s recycling system.
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