Pennsylvania awards $3.1 million in
Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell announced
more than $3 million in recycling performance grants to 182 Pennsylvania
communities for their recycling efforts in 2004.
In 2004, Pennsylvania recovered nearly 4.8 million
tons of recyclable materials. The economic value of remaking those
materials into new and useful products exceeded $113 million. Communities
avoided some $260 million in disposal costs based on the estimated
statewide average disposal cost of $54 per ton.
“The communities receiving these grants
have earned them through their efforts to collect recyclable materials,”
Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty said. “Many
of these communities also have benefited from other state grant
programs that assist with obtaining the equipment and facilities
needed to operate recycling programs.
DEP has approved 576 of 793 recycling performance
grant applications and awarded $10.3 million for calendar year 2004
recycling. Additional grant awards will be announced in the coming
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 recycling grants or to
download a grant application, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us,
Keyword: “Recycling Grants.”