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Reauthorize Act 101 Funding

PROP is working to affect legislation which will reauthorize the Act 101 Recycling Fund. While Act 101 may have issues that members would like to see addressed, the primary goal is re-authorization of the recycling fee. SB 646 focuses solely on reauthorizing the fee.
 
This is important since over 36 million dollars is provided each year for the benefit of waste reduction and recycling.
  • Pennsylvania counties have received over 1 million dollars each year to provide funding for County Recycling Coordinators and over 2 million dollars each year to fund planning.
  • Municipalities and counties have received over 19 million dollars towards recycling programs and education and over 16 million dollars in recycling performance grants each year.
Funding for these grant programs is included in Chapter 7 of Act 101 and is provided via a $2-per-ton recycling fee for each ton of waste (as described) disposed within the Commonwealth. The Act designates January 1, 2020 as the sunset date for these fees. Should the funding sunset, grant programs will be discontinued-yet the requirements set forth in Act 101 will continue. The sunset provision in Act 101 is already impacting the following grant programs:
  • 902 Grants:  2016 grant round may be the last grant round (awarded in 2017)
  • 901 Grants:  2017 will likely be the last year that funds will be available
  • 904 Grants:  2018 will be the last year to apply for grant funding
  • 903 Grants:  2019 will likely be the last year to apply for grant funding
  • Additionally, funding for DGS, DCED, and PennDOT will expire in 2020 and the Recycling Hotline, Recycling Market Center, and Technical Assistance program will lose their funding, as well.
Please click the "take action" button below to see a sample letter to send your State Representative. Think of specific examples and compile hard numbers to demonstrate the positive and beneficial impacts of your program. Lawmakers are wary of terms such as "fees and taxes" so let's look to how we can express the importance of our programs and County Plans.

Feel free to use the suggested letter as a starting point and customize with personal insight from your program, or send it as it is written.
  • Why this funding is important to you
  • Tons of waste diverted from landfills
  • Tons recycled
  • Inter-municipal cooperation
  • Public Safety through HHW and Electronics Collections
  • Benefits of Recycling
  • Accomplishments of Your Programs
  • Community Impacts
  • Economic Impacts
  • Partnerships with Educational Institutions
  • Workers Employed through Your Organization
  • Fuel Savings
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