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Act 101 of 1988

The Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act (Act 101) of 1988, among other things, established requirements for municipalities, such as East Buffalo Township, to implement recycling programs.

Act 101, Chapter 15 requirements which impact East Buffalo Township:

  • Each municipality with a population of more than 5,000 people but less than 10,000 people, and a population density of more than 300 people per square mile, is required to implement a source-separation and collection program for recyclable materials.
  • The municipality must adopt an ordinance or regulation requiring all of the following:
    • Residents must separate at least three materials deemed appropriate by the municipality from other municipal waste. The three materials shall be chosen from the following: clear glass, colored glass, aluminum, steel and bimetallic cans, high-grade office paper, newsprint, corrugated paper and plastics.
    • Residents must separate leaf waste from other municipal waste, unless those residents have otherwise provided for the composting of leaf waste.
    • Commercial, municipal and/or institutional establishments must separate high grade office paper, aluminum, corrugated paper and leaf waste and other materials deemed appropriate by the municipality generated at commercial, municipal or institutional establishments and from community activities.
    • The municipality must provide a scheduled day, at least once per month, during which separated materials are collected curbside. The municipality shall explain how the system will operate, dates of collection, responsibilities of persons within the municipality, incentives and penalties.

NOTE: This is not an all-inclusive list of the requirements established under Act 101.

Township Ordinance

A brief summary of East Buffalo Township Code of Ordinances, Chapter 20, Part 2, Recycling of Solid Waste (Ordinance No. 159, November 11, 1991):


Separate clear glass, brown glass, green glass and newspapers and dispose in accordance with applicable ordinances, regulations or laws.

Separate leaf, grass, tree and shrub waste from all other solid waste and dispose of the same by composting or some other means authorized by appropriate ordinance, regulation or law.


All occupants of commercial, municipal or institutional establishments and those persons conducting community activities within the Township shall separate clear glass, brown glass, green glass, newspapers, high grade office paper and corrugated cardboard and dispose of in accordance with appropriate ordinance, regulation or law.


Violations are enforced by an action brought before a District Judge in the same manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure. The fine for a violation shall not exceed $1,000.00 and/or imprisonment to the extent allowed by law for the punishment of summary offenses.