State lawmakers introduce bills aimed at curbing Pennsylvania's waste

Justin Udo
April 11, 2019 - 4:21 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Pennsylvania lawmakers released a group of bills aimed at improving the Keystone State’s green footprint.

Styrofoam, one time use plastic utensils and plastic bags all go hand-in-hand when it comes to takeout food, but some Harrisburg lawmakers want to put all of those on the chopping block.

“If the law required that we need to change to a different alternative we definitely will,” said Golden Chopsticks restaurant owner Shawn Chueng. “But now, in the meantime, we are looking into changing it, as you see we have all those cardboard boxes.”

Chueng says he's all for using recyclable and sustainable products.

”It costs a little bit more, but we will do something for the future, for the next generation, for the earth,” he said.

David Masur with the environmental advocacy group Penn Environment says the thirteen "zero waste" bills making the rounds in Pennsylvania House of Representatives target everything from single use plastics to littering.

“This package of bills is meant to tackle one of the real chronic environmental threats facing the planet today, which is our throwaway society,” he said.

Masur says litter and waste affects everyone from city dwellers to folks in rural areas, so he believes many of these bills will receive bi-partisan support.