DEP Awards $17.8 Million in Grants for Recycling Programs

HARRISBURG – The Department of Environmental Protection announced that it has awarded $17.8 million in recycling grants to 131 municipalities and counties for developing and implementing recycling programs.

“Recycling plays a key role in improving Pennsylvania’s economy and protecting its environment,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “These grants further that cause, and DEP is proud to invest in local programs that help the awardees strengthen their recycling programs.”

Through the grant program, municipalities and counties in Pennsylvania are eligible for up to 90 percent funding of approved recycling program costs. Municipalities that are designated financially distressed under the Financial Distressed Communities Act are eligible to receive funding for an additional 10 percent of approved costs.

Examples of eligible projects include operating compost facilities; developing web-based programs on recycling for consumers; expanding recycling processing facilities; installing data collection systems on recycling vehicles; continuing and creating curbside recycling programs; and developing educational materials to encourage residents to recycle.

This is the 53rd round of grants being awarded since the inception of the Pennsylvania Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act in 1988, also known as Act 101.

Act 101 mandates recycling in municipalities with more than 10,000 residents and those with populations between 5,000 and 10,000 that have population densities greater than 300 people per square mile.

Currently, 440 of Pennsylvania’s 2,700 municipalities are required to recycle and provide curbside collection programs.

For more information, visit, keyword: Act 101. 

Editor’s Note: The 131 municipalities and counties that received funding are listed below, alphabetically by county, with the grant amount.

Allegheny County

Collier Township, $69,012

Forest Hills Borough, $190,000

Mt. Lebanon Municipality, $31,500

O’Hara Township, $45,270

Penn Hills Municipality, $156,200

Scott Township, $38,222

Swissvale Borough, $142,519

Twin Rivers Council of Governments, $145,582

West Mifflin Borough, $137,475

Wilkins Township, $29,727


Armstrong County

Leechburg Borough, $17,655


Beaver County

Aliquippa City, $120,000

Baden Borough, $22,295

Brighton Township, $48,354

Center Township, $11,744

Monaca Borough, $85,973

Rochester Township, $36,568


Berks County

Heidelberg Township, $32,069

Kenhorst Borough, $49,765

Lower Heidelberg Township, $241,758

Maxatawny Township, $247,500

Muhlenberg Township, $242,118

Reading City, $250,000


Blair County

Inter-municipal Relations Committee, $250,000


Bucks County

Bristol Township, $90,585


Butler County

Butler County, $64,168

Zelienople Borough, $248,994


Cambria County

Cambria County Solid Waste Authority, $231,843


Carbon County

Carbon County, $250,000


Centre County

Bellefonte Borough, $218,660

College Township, $33,904

Philipsburg Borough, $30,771


Chester County

Chester County, $43,439

Chester County Solid Waste Authority, $250,000

Southeastern Chester County Refuse Authority, $184,295

West Grove Borough, $36,237


Clinton County

Lock Haven  City, $196,269


Columbia County

Scott Township, $250,000


Cumberland County

Lemoyne Borough, $34,461

Lower Allen Township, $250,000

Mechanicsburg Borough, $110,285

South Middleton Township, $12,982


Dauphin County

Dauphin County, $197,244

Lower Paxton Township, $250,000


Delaware County

Landsdowne Borough, $67,083

Media Borough, $28,196

Ridley Township, $68,392

Springfield Township, $190,611


Elk County

Elk County, $83,275


Fayette County

South Union Township, $222,993


Franklin County

Chambersburg Borough, $133,340

Washington Township, $205,754


Greene County

Greene County, $250,000


Huntingdon County

Huntingdon Borough, $164,830


Lackawanna County

Blakely Borough, $222,419

Clarks Summit Borough, $9,000

Jermyn Borough, $103,706

Lackawanna County, $3,168


Lancaster County

Columbia Borough, $178,000

Earl Township, $86,527

Mount Joy Township, $20,255

Rapho Township, $250,000


Lawrence County

Lawrence County, $15,421


Lehigh County

Allentown City, $240,977

South Whitehall Township, $250,000


Luzerne County

Duryea Borough, $183,534

Edwardsville Borough, $104,236

Hanover Township, $142,115

Luzerne County, $2,896

Pittston City, $18,645

Swoyersville Borough, $115,320

Wilkes-Barre City, $190,800

Wilkes-Barre Township, $22,893

Wyoming Borough, $21,598


Mifflin County 

Mifflin County Solid Waste Authority, $163,426


Monroe County

Coolbaugh Township, $228,618

Eldred Township, $1,809

Middle Smithfield Township, $223,382

Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority, $250,000

Pocono Township, $185,015

Smithfield Township, $147,589

Stroud Township, $227,043


Montgomery County

Cheltenham Township, $250,000

Douglass Township, $24,672

East Norriton Township, $177,459

Hatboro Borough, $131,242

Hatfield Township, $153,522

Jenkintown Borough, $3, 000

Lower Merion Township, $250,000

Lower Moreland Township, $196,425

Springfield Township, $151,201

Upper Dublin Township, $31,092

Upper Merion Township, $85,005

Upper Moreland Township, $182,168

Upper Pottsgrove Township, $43,423


Northampton County

Allen Township, $114,316

Bethlehem City, $250,000

Bethlehem Township, $205,745

Bushkill Township, $189,000

First Regional Compost Authority, $250,000

Forks Township, $52,053

Palmer Township, $250,000

Upper Nazareth Township, $237,292

Williams Township, $250,000

Northumberland County

Lewis Township, $24,324

Rapho Township, $30,397

Sunbury Municipal Authority, $249,242

Schuylkill County

Rush Township, $52,201

Schuylkill County, $177,940

Somerset County

Somerset County, $140,052

Union County

Union County, $108,632

Warren County

Warren City, $52,135

Washington County

City of Washington, $246,861

Westmoreland County

Greensburg City, $34,704

Murrysville Borough, $77,476

Youngwood Borough, $77,130

Wyoming County

Wyoming County, $20,433

York County

Fairview Township, $86,946

Hanover Borough, $180,056

Penn Township, $249,783

Red Lion Borough, $147,906

Spring Grove Borough, $58,561

West Manheim Township, $196,934

Windsor Township, $124,124

York City, $230,044

York County Solid Waste and Recycling Authority, $250,000

York Township, $222,917


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