PROP is working to affect legislation which will reauthorize the Act 101 Recycling Fund. 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. SB 646 introduced by Senator Tom Killion does just that.
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 a sunset for these fees which currently is January 1, 2020. 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.
This link will take you to a page with an Action Alert and the option to send a letter to your Senator, Representative and Governor Wolf encouraging support for SB 646.