PROP is working to affect legislation which will reauthorize the ACT 101 Recycling Fund. We have received a variety of testimonials which will be used to develop points for discussion with state legislators. There is still time if you would like to share the benefits of recycling as they apply to your community.

View the following samples: Plymouth Township  /  Butler County  /  Lancaster City

Once we have received your examples, PROP will use the data shared to develop a campaign for re-authorization. With your help, we will be able to share the following tools with members and partners:

  • Talking Points
  • Sample Letters
  • Voter Voice (a grass roots advocacy tool) 

Please send your examples by



Following is a copy of PROP's plan as outlined and supported by the PROP Board of Directors.

Steps to Reauthorize Act 101 Funding

Act 101 of 1988 (known as the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act) established Pennsylvania's recycling laws. It supplies partial funding for County Solid Waste Plans; recycling programs, projects, equipment, and education; County Recycling Coordinators; and incentives to municipalities based on the tons of material recycled.

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/ton recycling fee for each ton of waste (as described) disposed within the Commonwealth. The Act designates a sunset for these fees which currently is January 1, 2020.

The sunset of Act 101 will impact 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.

Should the funding sunset, grant programs will be discontinued-yet the requirements set forth in Act 101 will continue.


PROP is recommending that members begin to collect data demonstrating the need for continued funding. The data will be compiled into talking points for future conversations with legislators. Legislation to reauthorize Act 101 funding will then be drafted. Ideally, this legislation would pass before the close of 2017.

Primary Focus

The primary goal is re-authorization of the recycling fee. While Act 101 may have issues that members would like to see addressed, it is important that we do our best to focus on the goal of re-authorization.  As such, we recommend that any legislation pertaining to re-authorization focus solely on reauthorizing the fee.

Capture Data

It's important to be able to express the benefits that have come to your business, municipality, or county through these fees. We encourage you to compile a list which expresses these benefits so that we may have compelling conversations with key members of the legislature.

Develop Tools

PROP will use the data shared with us to develop a campaign for re-authorization. With your help, we will be able to share the following tools with members and partners:

  • Talking Points
  • Sample Letters
  • Voter Voice (a grass roots advocacy tool)

Develop a Meaningful Conversation

Why is Funding Important to You? Think of specific examples and compile hard numbers to demonstrate the positive and beneficial impacts of your program. Lawmakers are a bit 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.

The Recycling Markets Center is developing a state-wide calculation for the economic benefits of recycling. What we need is to look at the benefits of your recycling and waste reduction programs from a community and resident perspective.

Examples of data to be collected and then compiled into talking points:

  • Cost Savings to Your Program
  • Tons Recycled
  • Tons of Waste Diverted from Landfills
  • Inter-municipal Cooperation
  • Public Safety through HHW and Electronics Collections
  • Benefits of Recycling
  • Accomplishments of Your Programs
  • Community Impacts
  • Economic Impacts
  • Fuel Savings
  • Beneficial Impacts of Your County Plan
  • Partnerships with Educational Institutions
  • Workers Employed through Your Organization
  • Recycling Technical Assistance
  • 901, 902, 903 and 904 Grants - what these have allowed
  • Agricultural, Commercial, Institutional economic benefits of recycling and the capability of private/public partnerships to enhance communities.
  • Host Municipal inspector grants help to ensure public health and safety.


Pick two or three (at least) of the previous examples and send your information to Please be as specific as possible.

Thank you!