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Commercial Recycling

In 1988, Pennsylvania passed Act 101, Municipal Waste Planning Recycling and Waste Reduction Act

The Act requires recycling programs for municipalities with a population of 10,000 or more, or for municipalities with a population of between 5,000 and 10,000 people and a density of 300 people per square mile.

Non-residential establishments are required to recycle. Non-residential is defined as commercial, municipal, or institutional. Included in this are apartment buildings with four or more units.

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Municipal implementation of recycling programs shall include, at a minimum, the following elements:

  • High grade office paper
  • Aluminum
  • Corrugated paper
  • Leaf waste
  • And other materials deemed appropriate by the municipality generated at commercial, municipal or institutional establishments

Who must comply?
All offices, restaurants, grocery stores, retail shops, garages, service shops, schools, churches, civic groups and apartment buildings with four or more units.

How does an establishment comply?
Each calendar year, a business is required to report how much you recycled and the items you recycled by January 31st.  Dumpsters.png
Forms will be sent to the businesses by the municipality in which the business location resides.

Fines for not recycling can reach $1,000 per day and per occurrence.


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