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January 2007

Pennsylvania invests $400,000 to increase composting

Pennsylvania awarded $400,000 in grants to help Pennsylvania businesses and nonprofit organizations increase the volume of organic materials being composted instead of put into the waste stream.

The Compost Infrastructure Development Grant Program awards the business entities and nonprofit organizations financial support for projects that incorporate recovered organic materials into their finished products or increase the amount of organic material processed at an existing composting facility.

Four businesses and nonprofit organizations will share the $400,000 in grants. The recipients include the following:

  • Delaware Valley College in Doylestown Township, Bucks County. $105,000 to purchase equipment for processing food waste from campus cafeterias and horticultural waste generated on the campus.
  • AgRecycle in Indiana Township, Allegheny County. $142,000 to purchase a truck with a multiple-hoist system to collect different types of organic waste, including food waste.
  • Vollmecke Farm in West Brandywine Township, Chester County. $61,000 to purchase equipment that will allow the farm to receive additional organic waste from adjacent townships and food waste from local businesses.
  • Penn State University in Centre County. $92,000 for equipment that will enable existing composting equipment to be transported and shared between the State College Borough compost facility, the Center County Office of Solid Waste and the university compost facility.

For more information on the grant program, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword "Compost".


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