Pennsylvania Recycling regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Pennsylvania Recycling: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Pennsylvania Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act, 53 Pennsylvania Statutes (Pa. Stat.) 4000.101 to 4000.1904

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Hazardous waste recycling: 25 Pennsylvania Code (Pa. Code) 261a.1 and 25 Pa. Code 261a.6

Fee exemption: 25 Pa. Code 261a.6(d)

Exemption: 25 Pa. Code 261a.6(c)(2)

Treatment: 35 Pa. Stat. 6018.103 and 25 Pa. Code 261a.6 (c)(2)


General permit: 25 Pa. Code 271.821 and 25 Pa. Code 287.621

E-waste recycling: Covered Device Recycling Act, 35 Pa. Stat. 6031.101 to 6031.702

Nonhazardous waste recycling: 25 Pa. Code 272.401 to 272.427 and 25 Pa. Code 273.331 and 25 Pa. Code 273.332

Municipal recycling programs: 25 Pa. Code 272.401 to 272.427

Recycling plan: 25 Pa. Code 273.331 and 25 Pa. Code 273.196

Collection center: 25 Pa. Code 273.332

Regulatory Agency

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Waste, Air, and Radiation Management Bureau of Waste Management Division of Waste Minimization and Planning (Recycling)

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Pennsylvania incorporates the federal hazardous waste recycling rules at 40 CFR 261.6 except for the rules that apply to owners and operators of facilities that store or treat recyclable materials. The state has also adopted the Covered Device Recycling Act. The Act requires manufacturers to register their covered electronic devices with Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and establish an electronic waste collection plan.

The state has nonhazardous waste recycling requirements that include source separation, recycling fees, and reporting rules.

Administration and enforcement.

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