Lead Sponsor: Senator Jamie Eldridge
Summary: This bill would require that all cities and towns establish recycling programs for the purpose of recycling any type of solid waste and require that residents separate from their solid waste those recyclables and compostable waste for recycling in the manner set by the city or town.
Why This Matters: Recycling rates throughout the Commonwealth are falling. In their most recent annual recycling report, the Department of Environmental Protection noted example after example of cities and towns where the rate has fallen dramatically – and this decrease in recycling rates is placing a huge strain on solid waste management programs in the Commonwealth.
Currently, municipalities have the option to establish local recycling programs. However, given all of the recent environmental reforms the Legislature has enacted on the statewide level, it should be as easy as possible for every citizen of the Commonwealth to recycle.
What This Bill Would Do: This bill would change current law to require that all cities and towns establish recycling programs for the purpose of recycling any type of solid waste.
It is important for the Legislature to carry the momentum of environmental conservation to every home in the Commonwealth and this bill will help make that possible.
View the full text of the bill and track its history here.