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JULY 2006

 

Pennsylvania offers grants to businesses that use recyclable materials in finished products

Harrisburg, PA— Pennsylvania is taking aggressive steps to make environmental protection an engine for economic growth with a $1 million investment that will help manufacturers increase their use of recyclable materials in the production of finished products.

The Recycling Markets Infrastructure Development Grant Program aims to increase the volume of recyclable materials consumed in the production of finished goods and, by extension, increase the demand for recyclable goods recovered in Pennsylvania.

The Recycling Markets Infrastructure Development Grant Program awards grants of up to $500,000 for purchases of machinery or equipment that will increase consumption of recyclable materials recovered in the commonwealth.

The grants are available to startup companies as well as existing businesses and nonprofit organizations that currently are manufacturing a product or engaged in reusing an existing product utilizing recyclable material from Pennsylvania.

Applications will be accepted until August 31.

The state’s recycling programs are supported by a $2 tipping fee on each ton of waste deposited in Pennsylvania landfills. However, that fee runs only through 2008. Governor Rendell is working with the legislature to extend that deadline.

For more information on the grant program or to obtain a grant application, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us keyword “Recycling”.


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