DEP is accepting applications for the recycling technical assistance program. This program is available to municipalities including, counties, boroughs, townships, cities, etc.). The program is designed to provide quick assistance to help communities evaluate recycling program enhancements or overcome program barriers to increase waste diversion. All types of waste diversion programs are eligible for assistance under this program, including programs that divert recyclable materials, yard waste, food scraps, construction/demolition debris, etc. The program may also be used to update existing or develop new recycling ordinances. Up to $7,500 in free technical assistance is available per project. If interested in applying to the program please contact John Nantz at DEP ( to request an application.

Act 101, Section 904, Recycling Performance Grants- - Recycling Program Performance Grants are available to all Pennsylvania local governments with recycling programs. The grants awards are based on the total tons recycled and the applicant's recycling rate.

Application Dates for Calendar Year 2022:

Opens – June 1, 2023 at 8 a.m.      Closes – December 30, 2023 at 3 p.m.


The Act 101, Section 904 Recycling Performance Grant - Calendar Year 2022 Application is now open as of May 20, 2023 (PA Bulletin Notice). Pennsylvania Bulletin (

There are several important components of the application process that you need to be aware of:

1. All applications must be submitted electronically — No paper applications (mailed, hand-delivered, or faxed) will be accepted;

2. Applications are to be submitted through the Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) Electronic Single Application (ESA) website at If an applicant has any questions about completing the electronic application, they should contact the DCED Customer Service Center at 1-800-379-7448 (M-F, 8:30am-5:00pm).

3. Instructions for completing the on-line application can be found by using the following link: Also included on the webpage are writable pre-application documents that MUST be completed and uploaded with their submitted grant application through the DCED ESA website. The pre-application documents include applicant information/banking and residential/commercial tonnage summary forms. If an applicant is claiming no residue for some or all of the tonnages listed in their application, they will need to upload copies of the market receipts to justify those claims.

4. The DEADLINE for submitting the CY2022 RECYCLING PERFORMANCE GRANT APPLICATION is 11:59pm December 31, 2023. No applications will be accepted after that date.

5. If the municipality is not participating in the PA Electronic Payment Program (PEPP), they will need to enroll as soon as possible. It is important to be enrolled in this program so grant payments are not delayed. If the applicant has any questions about completing the form, contact Commonwealth of PA, Data Management Unit at 717-346-2676 or 877-435-7363 (toll-free).  Email the completed form to RA-PSC SUPPLIER REQUESTS@PA.GOV      

6.. EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-06 – WORKER PROTECTION and INVESTMENT NOTICE – The applicant will need to complete and upload the WORKER PROTECTION FORM if they will be receiving $10,000 or more.

Let me know if you have any questions regarding the grant opening.