$1.2 million awarded to boost use of recyclables
Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell announced four
Pennsylvania companies will receive $1.2 million in financial
assistance to increase their use of recycled materials
in the production of finished goods.
Recycling Market Infrastructure Development grants enable
companies to invest in their own operations, contribute
to the growing recycling industry in Pennsylvania and
at the same time help improve the overall business and
economic climates in the commonwealth.
“Recycling plays an important role in managing the waste
we generate,” said Governor Rendell. “To truly complete
the recycling process and make it work to everyone’s
advantage, we must also reuse our recycled materials
The reimbursement grants are awarded to businesses and
nonprofit organizations that manufacture a product or
reuse an existing product with recyclable material from
Pennsylvania. Entities that want to begin using recyclable
material are also eligible. Grants of up to $500,000
are available for any single recycling infrastructure
The following is a list of the four Recycling Market
Infrastructure Development grants:
Team Ten, LLC (dba American Eagle Paper Mills
– $500,000 to add dispersion and bleaching systems to
its recycled fiber operations. This will enable AEPM
to process and use an additional 14,880 tons annually
of fiber rejects and junk mail from Pennsylvania sources,
increase the post-consumer fiber content in its paper
products, and reduce its annual operating expenses.
Chambersburg Waste Paper Co. Inc. – $82,240 to purchase
a high-capacity fiber shredder, capable of manufacturing
up to 5,750 tons of animal bedding annually. The bedding
material will be made from recycled newspaper, cardboard,
and junk mail collected from the local area.
Casual Living Unlimited LLC – $493,936
to purchase post-consumer and post-industrial high density
polyethylene plastic processing equipment and an additional
extruder. This will enable the company to improve the
quality of its recycled plastic feed stock used to manufacture
outdoor furniture. The company will be able to use 890
tons of recycled waste plastic from Pennsylvania sources.
This project will also create five new full-time positions.
Meridian Precision Inc. – $132,047 to purchase pulverizing
equipment that will increase the use of recyclable plastic
materials and allow the company to process traditionally
more challenging waste plastics such as post consumer
film, shrink wrap and other commingled and cross-contaminations
plastics. The company will use an additional 900 tons
per year of waste plastics, 240 tons of which will be
from post-consumer sources and create six new full-time
positions and three part-time positions.