Members of the state House’s Philadelphia delegation, including Rep. Angel Cruz, see great potential in recently introduced legislation in Philadelphia, which may improve trash-dumping enforcement and will improve conditions in the city. Illegal dumping of scrap tires and other trash now make some residents refer to the city as “Filthadelphia”.

A special attention to illegal dumping was paid by Cruz at a Capitol press conference on Tuesday, as this problem profoundly affects the reputations of the city. According to Cruz, the quality of life for the residents and guests of Philadelphia is negatively affected: the illegal dumping of garbage, including tires, poses safety and environmental risks. Moreover, the issue brings financial problems, as Philadelphia’s taxpayers have to spend $8 million on waste disposal each year.

Cruz highlighted that improperly stored tires can serve as places where dangerous mosquitos breed, as tires keep water inside of casings. In addition, tires pose a huge risk of fires, which, in turn, will negatively impact the environment, as the unsafe chemicals will be floating the air once the fire outbreaks.

Cruz’s legislation, House Bill 1850, will bring changes to Act 227 of 2004. Illegal dumping will be considered a minor offense and the law will place a fine of $5,000 per tire. Moreover, the regulation is set to promote tire recycling and enhanced enforcement of the existing legislature.

In addition, law-breakers will face a possible forfeiture of the vehicle, which was used to commit the illegal tire dumping. The City of Philadelphia is now in charge of imposing the mandates of Act 227.

Cruz said the illegal dumping is mostly carried out by mom-and-pop tire shops and construction companies. He also expressed hope that the higher fines and enforcement incentives will become an adequate measure to prevent violators from the practice of illegal dumping.

He said that the government wants to make it clear to violators in the neighborhoods that they will have to pay a high price for their malpractice. The House’s Philadelphia delegation, Chairman Rep. Maria Donatucci, supported the updated legislature and said that violators should take responsibility of their actions.

Article: City and State Pennsylvania