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Recycling Performance Grants

Grants to Pennsylvania Municipalities
to Support Municipal Recycling Efforts

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Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) - Bureau of Waste Management

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09/28/18 4:00 PM Receipt or Postmarked by Date


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Grants to Pennsylvania local governments to support municipal recycling programs. Funding may be used for the recycling of materials such as glass, aluminum and steel cans, corrugated cardboard, plastics, newspapers, as well as other marketable grades of paper. The proposal budget may account for eligible materials collected from residences, schools, businesses, colleges, universities, and community events.

Grants are awarded based on the weight of source-separated recyclable materials identified in Section 1501 of Act 101 that were recycled or marketed in the previous calendar year and the population of the municipality.

Source-separated recyclable materials are materials separated from municipal waste at the point of origin (home, business, institution) for the purpose of recycling. These include commingled recyclables and single stream recyclables (recyclables collected together), but do not include materials recovered from collected loads of municipal solid waste, residual waste or hazardous waste.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142751

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grants awards are based on the total tons recycled and the applicant's recycling rate.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are based on available funds under Section 706 and shall be available to all municipalities that had a recycling program in existence during the previous calendar year.

Eligible applicants are restricted to municipalities as defined in the Act as amended (i.e., incorporated towns, townships, boroughs, cities, counties, home rule municipalities, authorities, councils of governments, consortiums, or similar entities established by two or more municipalities under 53 PA. C.S. Ch. 23 Subch. A (Relating to intergovernmental cooperation)).

Municipalities, except for counties, receiving more than $10,000 in Act 101 Section 904 Recycling Performance Grant funding must meet the following performance requirements:

-Requires, through ordinance, that all residents have waste and recycling service.

-Has an implemented residential recycling program and facilitates a commercial recycling program or participates in a similar county or multi-municipal program.

-Has a residential and business recycling education program.

-Has a program of enforcement that periodically monitors participation, receives complaints and issues warnings for required participants and provides fines, penalties, or both, in its recycling ordinance.

-Has provisions, participates in a county or multi-municipal program or facilitates a private sector program for the recycling of special materials.

-Sponsors a program, facilitates a program or supports an organization to address illegal dumping and/or littering problems.

-Has a person or entity designated as recycling coordinator who is responsible for recycling data collection and reporting recycling program performance in the municipality or municipalities.

If the municipality has not met the above performance requirements, the grant funds awarded shall be expended by the municipality only to meet the performance requirements. If the municipality has met the performance requirements, the grant funds awarded may be expended by the municipality on any expense as determined in the discretion of the municipality. The Department may require budget documents or other expenditure records and may deny funding through this Section if an applicant cannot demonstrate that funds have been expended on eligible activities.

Multi-Municipal Applications:

Multi-municipal applications under the Act 101, Section 904 Recycling Performance Grant Program will only be accepted by the Department from the following:

A. Council of governments, consortiums or other similar entities established by two or more municipalities under 53 Pa.C.S. Ch 23 Subch. A (relating to intergovernmental cooperation); and,

B. Two or more municipalities where the collection of recyclables has been accomplished either through a joint bid for services or a joint municipally-operated collection system (curbside or drop-off) accompanied by a joint recycling education program.

Any application submitted jointly to the Department by two or more municipalities that does not meet one of the above criteria will be held until the participating municipalities supply individual applications. Submittals from county governments are not considered multi-municipal applications and are therefore not subject to these criteria.

Grant funds will not be awarded for residues, materials not listed as eligible, or any materials that cannot be documented as being recycled into a new product or use. In particular, recovered glass that is being stockpiled or used as daily cover at a landfill will not be considered as recycled. Also, plastics collected and used for resource recovery are not eligible. Residue includes materials collected but not processable, or materials that become contaminated through the act of collection, sorting, or processing. The weight of raw or processed yard waste cannot be claimed under this application. Grants are awarded only for the eligible materials that were generated within a municipality’s political boundaries.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: September 28, 2018 Your application must be received by the department or postmarked by that date in order to be considered for funding. If your application is being hand delivered, it must be received by 4:00 PM.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mark Vottero

If submitting by U.S. Postal Service:

Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Waste Management
P.O. Box 8472
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8472

If submitting by Ground Service (UPS, RPS, etc) or hand delivered:

Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Waste Management
14th Floor Rachel Carson State Office Building
400 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101-2301

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