Pennsylvania awards $3 million in municipal recycling grants

More than 100 municipal recycling programs across the state of Pennsylvania will be able to expand with the help of nearly $3 million in state investments announced by Governor Edward G. Rendell.

Governor Edward G. Rendell

“These recycling investments will continue helping local governments improve their collection programs so more reusable materials are delivered to Pennsylvania manufacturers instead of landfills,” Governor Rendell said. “By avoiding the additional energy needed to produce virgin raw materials for manufa­cturing, we are reducing our energy dependence and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.”

The commonwealth’s commitment to recycling has led to record collection levels and more efficient programs. In 2005, Pennsylvanians recycled a record 4.86 million tons of municipal waste, saving consumers and industries nearly $263 million in disposal costs and providing businesses with materials valued at $577 million.

The grants awarded reflect 2005 collections.

Pennsylvania’s recycling efforts save energy, reduce air pollution and limit the need for virgin materials in manufacturing. The materials recycled in Pennsylvania during 2005 saved almost 98 trillion British thermal units of energy, equivalent to the output of three large, coal-fired power plants.

Recycling performance grants reward communities based on the amount of recyclable materials collected. More cans, bottles, newspapers and other materials collected mean larger grants for the recycling programs and more materials for manufacturers.

DEP has approved 658 of the 800 performance grant applications received for calendar year 2005 recycling. The remaining applications are being reviewed and additional grant awards may be announced in the coming months.

For a list of the recipients, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us with keywords: Recycling Grants.