Local municipalities to receive recycling grants

State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that Chester County municipalities will receive a total of more than $1.3 million in grants for recycling programs.

Three local municipalities are among those receiving grants, which come through the Department of Environmental Protection and are used to develop and implement recycling programs.

East Pikeland Township will receive $238,183 for leaf waste processing; Schuylkill Township will receive $112,506 for its leaf waste facility; and Phoenixville will receive $247,171 for curbside recycling.

The funds come under the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act (Act 101 of 1988), which requires recycling in municipalities with more than 10,000 residents and those with populations between 5,000 and 10,000 that have population densities greater than 300 residents per square mile. The grants are allocated from the Recycling Fund, which is established through a $2 per ton fee paid on each ton of municipal solid waste disposed at a Pennsylvania landfill or resource recovery facility.

Through the program, Pennsylvania municipalities and counties are eligible for up to 90 percent funding of approved recycling costs. Eligible projects include operating compost facilities, developing web-based programs on recycling for consumers, expanding recycling processing facilities, installing data collection systems on recycling vehicles, implementing or operating curbside recycling programs and developing education materials to encourage residents to recycle.