Philly restriction on collecting garbage to feed pigs may go the way of the buggy

By W. Atlee Burpee Company; Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection (No restrictions, via Wikimedia Commons)

By W. Atlee Burpee Company; Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection (No restrictions, via Wikimedia Commons)

Philadelphia City Council intends to remove some useless regulations on the city’s books.

One outmoded measure regulates how farmers can pick up garbage to feed their pigs.

Truck-mounted amusement rides, largely a thing of the past, are also required to carry at least $25,000 in insurance.

Other passé mandates concern reviewing stand constructions; getting a license to use a police scanner; and requiring builders to receive a permit before installing a garbage disposal in a home.

Weeding out old regulations helps businesses, said Councilman Derek Green.

“Things change, industries change,” he said. “We have new technology and we have legislation that is antiquated and we need to get rid of — but also find way to improve the business climate of our city.”

Repealing the old rules is meant to send a message, Green said.

“This is really an opportunity to work with the business community and city departments and to streamline how we do business in the city of Philadelphia,” he said.

Council members are working to repeal nine regulations now, but looking for more that could be abolished.

This is a corrected story.  An earlier version mischaracterized regulations regarding garbage disposals.

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