grants $18 million
Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell said
Pennsylvania communities collected a record 5.48 million tons
of recyclable materials in 2008, demonstrating that the state
continues to make great strides to improve recycling opportunities.
The Governor said Pennsylvania supports communities that recycle
because of its environmental and economic benefits. He announced
more than $17.8 million in grants to help 478 communities in
58 counties continue their recycling programs. The grant totals
were based on the amount of materials recycled and the recycling
participation rate in 2008.
Recycling has continued to expand in Pennsylvania. The total
amount collected in 2008 for recycling was 1.5 million tons greater
than in 2002.
“Today, more than 11.6 million state residents, or 94 percent
of the population, have access to recycling,” Governor Rendell
said. “The grants we’re announcing are an important part of ensuring
those programs can continue and they provide an incentive for
communities to expand their programs when possible.
The grants the Governor announced were made possible through
the Recycling Performance Grant Program. Act 101 initiated statewide
recycling in 1988, which requires Pennsylvania’s communities
with certain populations to offer recycling programs.
By recycling, Pennsylvanians have saved almost 98 trillion British
Thermal Units of energy each year, which reduces carbon dioxide
emissions by more than 2.5 million metric tons per year – the
equivalent of shutting down 3 large coal-fired power plants or
removing 1.7 million vehicles from the road for a year.
The materials Pennsylvanians recycle support more than 3,800
businesses and organizations. Those businesses and organizations
account for more than $20.6 billion in gross annual sales and
provided jobs for more than 52,000 employees at an annual payroll
of approximately $2.2 billion.
The legislature overwhelmingly approved and the Governor signed
Act 24 earlier this year to ensure the existing $2-per-ton fee
on all waste disposed at municipal waste landfills is extended
through January 1, 2020.
Additionally, the Governor last month signed Act 108, which creates
a recycling program for electronic waste items such as televisions,
computers and other electronic equipment. The program will be
funded by electronic manufacturers and will prevent polluting
from toxic substances.