Governor Wolf Sign’s Bill Extending Recycling Fee
With a 2020 sunset date looming, Pennsylvania counties had begun bracing themselves for life without recycling grant funds, causing many to fear for the overall existence of their recycling programs. The Department of Environmental Protection had even stopped accepting grant applications, anticipating the unavailability of any funds to issue grants. The situation was dire and needed legislative attention. Finally, Governor Wolf signed into law House Bill 118, which amended the Administrative Code and eliminated the Recycling Fee expiration date of December 31, 2019 found in Act 101, the state’s Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act. The bill states that the $2 per ton Recycling Fee collected under Act 101 shall continue to be imposed on and after January 1, 2020. In all likelihood, DEP will reopen the previously closed grant programs in the early part of 2018.