Dou­glass re­ceives re­cy­cling fund­ing

The Community Connection - - FRONT PAGE - By Evan Brandt ebrandt@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

Five area com­mu­ni­ties and two coun­ty­wide solid waste au­thor­i­ties have re­ceived more than $1 mil­lion in state fund­ing for re­cy­cling and leaf pro­grams, it was an­nounced Oct. 12.

About $37 mil­lion in grants

were awarded to 195 county and mu­nic­i­pal govern­ments for re­cy­cling col­lec­tions and ed­u­ca­tion, as well as leaf lit­ter pickup.

The amounts lo­cally, adding up to $1,096,462, were as fol­lows:

Berks County

• Amity — $203,487

• Ex­eter — $248,074

• Berks County Solid Waste Au­thor­ity — $85,545

Ch­ester County

• East Pike­land — $31,816

• Phoenixville — $148,733

• Ch­ester County Solid Waste Au­thor­ity — $279,000

Mont­gomery County

• Dou­glass — $99,807 “By pro­vid­ing th­ese grants, we are help­ing bol­ster re­cy­cling in com­mu­ni­ties all over Penn­syl­va­nia, and re­duce the amount of ma­te­rial go­ing into our land­fills,” said DEP Sec­re­tary Pa­trick Mc­Don­nell, in a press re­lease.

“Whether it’s from in­creased ed­u­ca­tion for res­i­dents or an en­tire fa­cil­ity for sort­ing re­cy­clables, th­ese grants are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence,” he said.

Many of the grants are for com­mu­nity leaf col­lec­tion pro­grams. Leaf lit­ter can­not be sent to land­fills, and many mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties pro­hibit open burn­ing.

“Com­post­ing leaf waste from res­i­den­tial ar­eas is a good prac­tice,” said Mc­Don­nell. “It al­lows a ben­e­fi­cial use of the leaves that fall ev­ery year, and cuts down on air pol­lu­tion from burn­ing leaves.”

Through the grant pro­gram, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and coun­ties in Penn­syl­va­nia are el­i­gi­ble for up to 90 per­cent fund­ing of ap­proved re­cy­cling pro­gram costs.

Grants were also awarded based on pro­grams de­signed to meet cur­rent mar­ket de­mands for re­cy­clable goods.

Ex­am­ples of el­i­gi­ble projects in­clude op­er­at­ing leaf com­post fa­cil­i­ties; de­vel­op­ing web-based pro­grams on re­cy­cling for con­sumers; ex­pand­ing re­cy­cling pro­cess­ing fa­cil­i­ties; in­stalling data col­lec­tion sys­tems on re­cy­cling ve­hi­cles; con­tin­u­ing and cre­at­ing curb­side re­cy­cling pro­grams; and de­vel­op­ing ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­ri­als to en­cour­age res­i­dents to prop­erly re­cy­cle.

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