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Recycling Financial Assistance

Recycling programs are financed by a $2-per-ton recycling fee on all waste (except ash) disposed of in landfills or processed by resource recovery facilities in Pennsylvania. Besides grants for local recycling, planning and environmental protection programs, funding subsidizes state programs for recycling market development, public education, technical assistance and grants administration.

Act 101, Section 901, County Planning Grants - Counties are eligible for 80 percent reimbursement for preparation of waste management plans required by Act 101 and pollution prevention education activities.

Act 101, Section 902, Recycling Program Development and Implementation Grants - The grants reimburse counties and municipalities 90 percent of eligible recycling program development and implementation expenses. Pre-application conferences with Regional Recycling Program Contacts are required.

Act 101, Section 903, County Recycling Coordinator Grants - Provides reimbursement of 50 percent of county recycling coordinator salary and expenses.

Act 101, Section 904, Recycling Performance Grants - Recycling Program Performance Grants are available to all Pennsylvania local governments with recycling programs. The grants awards are based on the total tons recycled and the applicant's recycling rate.

Act 190, Chapter 2, Household Hazardous Waste Collection Grant - Provides reimbursement to registered sponsors of collection programs for household hazardous waste, electronics, and tires (but not tire pile cleanups). Reimbursement available for up to 50 percent of eligible costs. Eligible costs typically include collection, transportation and management of the wastes plus education programs.

Contact Information: ep, Recycle Grants or 717-787-7382