>>Reading City Councilors Say Yard Waste Must Not Be Dumped in Public Spaces
(Reading, PA) -- Reading's City Council has amended its code to prohibit the dumping of yard waste in city parks, playgrounds, preserves and public spaces. District Two Councilwoman Marcia Goodman-Hinnershitz says some residents think it is safe and even helpful to dump organic waste in natural areas. But she says this is not the case and that yard waste should be collected by the city. She says the public-space dumping practice causes the growth of invasive plant species and other problems in parks and open areas. The councilwoman also stresses that yard waste must be gathered in biodegradable bags and placed curbside for the weekly collections.