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.
Food Recovery Infrastructure Grant
This grant is closed.
Update to the Existing Deadline and Opening of New Grant Application Rounds
Grant applications are now being accepted for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Food Recovery Infrastructure Grant Program, which provides assistance to registered nonprofit organizations such as food banks for the proper management and operation of food to reduce waste.
Effective April 28, 2020, the Food Recovery Infrastructure Grant application must be submitted through the
Department of Community and Economic Development's (DCED) Electronic Single Application website.
Paper and faxed copies will not be accepted. For questions regarding how to complete the on-line application, please call the DCED Customer Service Center at 1-800-379-7448. They are open 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM EST Monday through Friday.
Act 101, Section 901
Act 101, Section 901, County Planning and Hazardous Household Waste (HHW) Education 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
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
Act 101, Section 903, County Recycling Coordinator Grants - Provides a 50 percent reimbursement for County Recycling Coordinators’ salary and expenses. This grant is only available to Pennsylvania county governments.
Act 101, Section 904
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
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.