The grants were awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection through the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act (Act 101).
“This is an exciting announcement for these six municipalities and a great investment by the state into important local recycling programs,” Yudichak said. “This funding will allow municipalities across Luzerne County to expand their recycling programs to make recycling available to more residents and to better protect and preserve our environment.”
The following Luzerne County municipalities in Yudichak’s district received funding:
· Exeter Borough will receive $247,336 to purchase a recycling collection truck and curbside recycling containers
· West Wyoming Borough will receive $202,545 to purchase a front end loader and curbside recycling bins and also further their recycling education program.
· Plains Township will receive $198,093 to purchase a recycling collection vehicle and curbside recycling containers
· Newport Township will receive $78,187 to purchase a curbside recycling vehicle
· Freeland Borough will receive $45,477 to purchase curbside recycling containers and also produce educational brochures
· Hughestown Borough will receive $2,592 to purchase curbside recycling containers.
Yudichak said that grant funds approved through the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act are used to develop and implement recycling programs. Through the grant program, municipalities and counties across Pennsylvania are eligible for up to 90 percent funding of approved recycling program costs.
The next grant round for Recycling Development and Implementation Grants is currently open and applications are due by August 15, 2014. Applications are available online at www.dep.state.pa.us (Keyword ''Recycling Grants'').
(Information from Mark Davis
State Senator John T. Yudichak)