Background & History of County Recycling

History of Recycling in Montgomery County
Recycling in the commonwealth started in 1988 with the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act (also known as Act 101). Among other things, the Act requires each county to develop a plan to manage its own waste and assure a minimum of 10 years disposal capacity.

Reporting Data Requirements
Each year the counties report municipal waste generation and recycling data to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for use in compiling statewide analysis of recycling and its benefits.

Establishing the Recycling Coordinator Position
In most counties, the position of recycling coordinator was created to assist municipalities and their residents on fulfilling the requirements of Act 101. In addition, the county recycling coordinator is responsible for promoting and coordinating other recycling activities within the county.

Montgomery County Recycling Manager
The Montgomery County Recycling Manager is Veronica Harris. Veronica is a member of the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP).

Recycling Manager Functions & Duties
Veronica oversees the day-to-day operations of the Montgomery County Recycling office. She operates the county’s recycling hotline 610-278-3618, website and provides recycling assistance, information and education to all county municipalities, residents and businesses. In addition, Veronica oversees the county’s popular Household Hazardous Waste program.

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