Leechburg awarded a grant for its recycling program

February 28, 2013 by  

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection announced this month that it was awarding grants totaling $17.8m to 131 counties and municipalities, to help them develop and implement recycling programs.

Leechburg, Pennsylvania was one of the communities awarded a grant. In Leechburg’s case, the amount was $17,655.

Mike Krancer, Secretary of the DEP, said recycling was a key part of protecting Pennsylvania’s environment and improving the state’s economy. He added that the grants helped these efforts, and that the DEP was happy to award money to local programs in order to help the communities continue their recycling efforts.

Grants may be awarded that cover up to 90% of an approved program’s costs. If a community is designated as “financially distressed”, another 10% may be awarded, effectively covering the total cost of recycling.

Some of the projects eligible for grants include running composting facilities; creating or continuing curbside recycling efforts; and designing materials to educate the public on the benefits of recycling. Other approved programs include designing web-based informational programs explaining recycling; and installing systems for collecting data on vehicles used for recycling.

The Pennsylvania Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act, which is also known as Act 101, was instituted in 1988, and makes it mandatory that municipalities with 10,000 residents or more, or those with populations between 5,000 and 10,000 persons that also have a population density of more than 300 individuals per square mile, must recycle. This affects 440 communities.

Leechburg officials could work with experts in flyer printing to add information unique to Leechburg to a mailer encouraging residents to recycle, and explaining the importance of the program.