Recycling investments provide $5 million to 323 communities
Pennsylvania continues to support recycling initiatives
Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell announced an
investment of $5 million to help more than 320 municipalities
continue and expand local recycling programs that are
creating new revenue streams in the face of higher energy
“Record-high fuel and energy costs are challenging local
governments, businesses and families all across our state,”
said Governor Rendell. “These grants will help local
communities defray those higher costs while continuing
to expand their recycling collections, and in some cases
earn increased revenues from these valuable commodities.
The high costs of energy and fuel are straining budgets
for many recycling programs, but some communities are
finding opportunities to offset costs and increase revenues
by expanding recycling collections.
With the price of petroleum near record highs, commodity
markets for recyclable paper and plastics are expanding
because prices for recovered materials are increasingly
attractive compared to virgin materials. Communities
that contract to sell the recyclable materials they collect
benefit by increasing revenues and avoiding the costs
to dispose of the materials.
Pennsylvania is home to more than 3,200 recycling and
reuse businesses and organizations that generate more
than $18 billion in gross annual sales and provide paychecks
totaling $2.9 billion to more than 81,000 employees.
Additionally, these businesses add more than $305 million
in taxes to the state treasury.
Pennsylvanians divert five million tons of recyclables
from municipal waste each year, which benefits the commonwealth
Saving more than 95 trillion BTU of energy, or an
amount equivalent to the output of three large
coal-fired power plants;
Saving consumers and industries more than $250 million
in disposal costs and providing businesses with $550
million worth of materials;
Reduce carbon dioxide emissions by an equivalent
of more than 2.5 million metric tons, which is
like offsetting the emissions from 1.7 million
cars and light trucks.
Recycling performance grants reward communities based
on the amount of recyclable materials collected. Larger
collection amounts mean larger grants for the recycling
programs - and more materials for manufacturers.
The grants awarded reflect 2006 collections numbers.
DEP has approved 323 of the 779 performance grant applications
received for calendar year 2006 recycling. The remaining
applications are being reviewed and additional grant
awards may be announced in the coming months.
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