Pennsylvania expands recycling efforts with six million dollars
Grants follow record-setting recycling totals
Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell said 285 Pennsylvania communities will share more than $6 million in grants because of their record recycling efforts in 2005. Also, by keeping materials out of landfills, he said manufacturers have a growing supply chain that means less reliance on the state’s natural resources.
“This latest round of grants also shows that Pennsylvania’s citizens and communities recognize the importance of recycling, and are doing more to keep items like aluminum cans, newspapers and glass jars out of landfills. We recycled a record amount in 2005, which means a greater investment in those communities working to protect our environment.” said Governor Rendell.
In 2005, Pennsylvanians recycled a record 4.86 million tons of municipal waste, saving consumers and industries nearly $263 million in waste disposal costs and providing businesses with materials valued at $577 million.
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.
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 — enough to power more than 940,000 Pennsylvania homes for one year, or the equivalent of conserving 786 million gallons of gasoline.
DEP has approved 285 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.
Recycling program performance grants are available to all local governments with recycling programs. The grants are based on the total tons recycled and the applicant’s recycling rate.
Materials like post-consumer aluminum and steel cans, glass, plastics, corrugated cardboard, newspapers and other marketable grades of paper are eligible for the grants. All eligible materials collected from residents, business, schools, colleges, universities and community events can be factored into the grant awards.
Applications for calendar year 2006 recycling performance grants are now available from DEP’s eLibrary. Applications are due by October 1. For more information on recycling grants or to download a grant application, visit www.dep.state.pa.us, keyword ‘Recycling Grants’.