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Wolf Administration Awards Nearly 160 County and Municipal Governments Funding for Waste and Recycling Programs

04/27/2022

Harrisburg, PA – Nearly 160 county and municipal governments will be getting a boost to their recycling and leaf-collection programs this year, thanks to $30.5 million in Recycling Development and Implementation Grants from the Wolf Administration. 

Grants were awarded to 157 county and municipal governments for recycling collections and education, as well as leaf litter pickup.

“These grants help bolster recycling in communities all over Pennsylvania and reduce the amount of waste going into our landfills,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Whether it’s from increased education for residents or an entire facility for sorting recyclables, these grants are making a difference.”

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 safer and more environmentally friendly than burning leaves, which causes air pollution,” McDonnell said.

Pennsylvanians recycle approximately 6 million tons of materials per year. These materials are reintroduced into the manufacturing process, saving valuable resources, creating jobs and other economic benefits, and realizing vital environmental benefits. 
 
Based on the 2017 Recycling Economic Impact Study, over 66,000 people are employed directly in the recycling marketplace, while nearly 110,000 others work via indirect or induced recycling-related jobs.  Recycling adds $22.6 billion to Pennsylvania’s state product. Recycling also is important to the commonwealth’s climate-change initiatives: nearly 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions are avoided each year. This is equivalent to removing 2.15 million cars (or approximately 25%) from Pennsylvania’s roads annually.
 
Through the grant program, municipalities and counties in Pennsylvania are eligible for up to 90 % funding of approved recycling program costs. Municipalities that are designated financially distressed under the Financial Distressed Communities Act are eligible to receive funding for an additional 10 % of approved 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.

The grants align with Governor Wolf’s Litter Action Plan, an initiative that seeks to not only clean up litter across the commonwealth, but to prevent littering from taking place.

The Litter Action Plan was developed after a comprehensive state study by DEP and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) with a focus on changing littering behavior. 

In addition to examples and suggestions for the General Assembly, local governments, businesses, and the public, the study report outlined 16 recommendations for the commonwealth, including DEP’s current work to provide convenient and affordable access to waste disposal and recycling services in rural areas of Pennsylvania where trash collection and recycling services are currently not economically feasible. DEP announces the grants under Section 902 of the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act.

The awardees and grant amounts are listed below by county:                                                          

Allegheny County

 

Bridgeville Borough

$229,250

Fox Chapel Borough

$83,503

Penn Hills Municipality

$211,714

West Mifflin Borough

$71,568

Crafton Borough

$65,841

Elizabeth Township

$276,085

Pittsburgh City

$349,557

Armstrong County

Armstrong County

$350,000

Beaver County

 

Beaver County

$350,000

Aliquippa City

$70,000

Beaver Borough

$109,215

Rochester Township

$19,143

Patterson Township

$216,000

Berks County

 

Wyomissing Borough

$100,343

Muhlenberg Township

$348,392

Sinking Spring Borough

$134,518

Maidencreek Township

$78,813

Heidelberg Township

$264,804

Bernville Borough

$158,818

Kenhorst Borough

$212,540

Laureldale Borough

$314,139

Mohnton Borough

$88,308

Spring Township

$346,234

Exeter Township

$345,477

Berks County Solid Waste Authority

$100,206

Robesonia Borough

$129,154

Reading City

$347,235

Blair County

 

Intermunicipal Relations Committee

$317,847

Altoona City

$278,271

Logan Township

$216,195

Bucks County

 

Lower Makefield Township

$78,195

Quakertown Borough

$244,640

Middletown Township

$132,713

Butler County

 

Mars Borough

$140,069

Cranberry Township

$350,000

Cambria County

 

Cambria County Solid Waste Authority

$47,414

Cameron County

 

Cameron County

$127,444

Carbon County

 

Towamensing Township

$51,625

Centre County

 

Centre County

$350,000

Spring Township

$268,335

State College Borough

$344,950

Bellefonte Borough

$310,070

Harris Township

$69,692

Snow Shoe Township

$136,256

Centre Hall Borough

$316,157

Philipsburg Borough

$44,268

Millheim Borough

$55,500

Clearfield County

 

Curwensville Borough

$203,684

Clearfield Borough

$114,606

Lawrence Township

$350,000

Clinton County

 

Clinton County Solid Waste Authority

$349,844

Chester County

 

Caln Township

$216,940

Chester County Solid Waste Authority

$161,471

Upper Uwchlan Township

$17,540

Phoenixville Borough

$272,093

East Fallowfield Township

$192,600

Southeastern Chester County Refuse Authority

$295,862

South Coatesville Borough

$8,224

Modena Borough

$18,000

Columbia County

 

Berwick Borough

$275,271

Cumberland County

 

Hampden Township

$208,008

Middlesex Township

$31,511

Cumberland County

$346,076

Camp Hill Borough

$219,396

Dauphin County

 

Lower Paxton Township

$350,000

Hummelstown Borough

$217,259

Middletown Borough

$276,919

Harrisburg City

$350,000

Delaware County

 

Springfield Township

$116,507

Marple Township

$171,468

Haverford Township

$283,068

Folcroft Borough

$50,100

Elk County

 

Ridgway Borough

$212,025

Elk County

$219,902

Erie County

 

Millcreek Township

$350,000

Erie City

$350,000

Edinboro Borough

$291,103

Fairview Township

$153,000

Erie County

$334,622

Fayette County

 

North Union Township

$67,500

Uniontown City

$180,000

German Township

$149,400

Connellsville City

$80,919

Washington Township

$49,500

Fayette County

$350,000

Indiana County

 

Indiana County Solid Waste Authority

$300,131

Jefferson County

 

Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority

$339,022

Lackawanna County

 

Scranton City

$350,000

Lackawanna County

$9,530

Blakely Borough

$114,414

Moosic Borough

$267,368

Jessup Borough

$195,975

Lancaster County

 

Lancaster City

$73,183

East Petersburg Borough

$1,404

Mount Joy Borough

$208,693

West Earl Township

$26,940

Lebanon County

 

Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority

$80,782

North Lebanon Township

$213,707

Lebanon City

$8,041

Union Township

$23,161

South Lebanon Township

$339,103

Lehigh County

 

Allentown City

$350,000

Coplay Borough

$9,243

Salisbury Township

$132,598

Emmaus Borough

$65,421

Fountain Hill Borough

$34,821

Whitehall Township

$68,006

Luzerne County

 

Dallas Area Municipal Authority

$350,000

West Wyoming Borough

$206,729

Wyoming Borough

$32,938

Exeter Borough

$350,000

Duryea Borough

$269,833

Lycoming County

 

Lycoming County

$210,526

South Williamsport Borough

$219,782

McKean County

 

Bradford City

$117,160

Mercer County

 

Greenville Borough

$41,171

Monroe County

 

Chestnuthill Township

$350,000

Polk Township

$78,626

Oak Grove Compost Processing

$229,819

Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority

$350,000

Smithfield Township

$186,981

Coolbaugh Township

$350,000

East Stroudsburg Borough

$47,694

Montgomery County

 

Lower Moreland Township

$310,748

Bridgeport Borough

$32,229

Jenkintown Borough

$139,500

Upper Dublin Township

$350,000

Hatboro Borough

$185,622

Whitemarsh Township

$267,107

Abington Township

$350,000

Upper Moreland Township

$350,000

Plymouth Township

$231,383

Northampton County

 

Upper Nazareth Township

$114,489

First Regional Compost Authority

$350,000

Bethlehem City

$195,957

Forks Township

$159,171

Palmer Township

$350,000

Wilson Borough

$44,352

Nazareth Borough

$167,172

Northumberland County

 

Sunbury Municipal Authority

$220,611

Shamokin City

$114,016

Coal Township

$350,000

Milton Borough

$160,875

Philadelphia County

 

Philadelphia City

$350,000

Pike County

 

Pike County

$207,350

Snyder County

 

Snyder County

$75,350

Tioga County

 

Mansfield Borough

$59,394

Union County

 

Union County

$114,908

Venago County

 

Venago County

$300,286

Wayne County

 

Wayne County

$219,717

Westmoreland County

 

Greensburg City

$70,461

York County

 

West York Borough

$103,607

Fairview Township

$153,728

Red Lion Borough

$9,198

Hanover Borough

$282,125

Dallastown Borough

$69,284

North Hopewell Township

$303,964


MEDIA CONTACT: Jamar Thrasher, jthrasher@pa.gov, 717-319-1758
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