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Get Help for Your Recycling Program

Friday March 2nd, 2018
Townships have until April 7 to apply for recycling program development and implementation grants from the state Department of Environmental Protection. Municipalities are eligible for 90 percent funding of approved recycling program costs, up to $350,000.
 
DEP will give priority to the following:
 
• incentive-based pricing and collection programs designed to increase the quantity and types of recyclable materials and reduce the amount of waste collected;
 
• multimunicipal collection, processing, and/or materials marketing programs that reduce capital costs or enhance recycling marketability; and
 
• collection methods that provide greater marketability and value to collected recyclables.
 
Existing municipal recycling programs that include the following will also receive additional consideration:
 
• publicly provided or municipally contracted waste and recycling services;
 
• the collection of at least six of the following materials: newsprint, office paper, corrugated paper, and other marketable grades of paper; aluminum, steel, or bimetal cans; colored or clear glass containers; and plastics; and
 
• incentive-based pricing and collection programs designed to increase the quantity and types of recyclables collected and reduce the amount of waste.
 
To be eligible, projects must involve municipalities that have a mandatory trash collection program or seek support for residential recycling in communities that already operate a commercial recycling program.
 
Applicants also must schedule a pre-application conference with their regional recycling coordinator to discuss requirements and program details.
 
For more information or to apply, go to DEP's grants page. Townships may also call DEP Recycling Grants Coordinator Mark Vottero at (717) 772-5719 or email mvoterro@pa.gov.