Lead Sponsor: Senator Jamie Eldridge
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. This legislation is designed to increase recycling rates in the Commonwealth, decrease litter, and alleviate the pressure on our sanitary landfills.
Why This Matters: Any time we can make it easier for people to recycle, they are more likely to do so. However, many apartment and condo buildings don’t provide recycling containers or recycling pick-up services. By ensuring that more people have the ability to recycle, we can increase local recycling rates.
What this Bill Would Do: This bill would encourage recycling in multi-family units by requiring the owner of any apartment building with three or more units or any condominium association consisting of three or more units to provide the means and materials necessary to allow tenants or owners in those units to recycle paper, glass containers, and certain common plastics.
You can view the full text of the bill and its history here.