Friday, February 25, 2011

PA lawmaker's bill requires schools to recycle textbooks

Photo: Times Union
Pennsylvania State Senator John Yudichak, a Democrat who represents parts of Carbon, Luzerne and Monroe counties, wants to be sure that schools are recycling--rather than just discarding--old textbooks. 

So he's introduced a bill, SB 624, that requires "public and nonpublic primary and secondary schools and institutions of the State System of Higher Education to use certified textbook recycling facilities for the collection and recycling of textbooks and other books that are to be discarded."

The legislation authorizes the state Department of General Services to set up regulations for the program and to enter into three-year contracts with facilities that recycle textbooks. To qualify, the  facilities must agree not to dispose of the books in landfills or incinerators, must compensate the schools for costs incurred in storing and shipping the books, and meet other requirements. 

What do you think?
Is this good legislation?  Is it necessary?  Is it workable?  
Share your opinion in the comment box below this post.

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