WEST CHESTER (May 6) – 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.

The grants, which come through the Department of Environmental Protection and are used to develop and implement recycling program, are as follows:

  • MP900309575 (2)Caln Township will receive $222,523 for leaf waste and curbside recycling.
  • The City of Coatesville will receive $183,199 for curbside and educational recycling programs.
  • East Coventry Township will receive $6,792 for project development.
  • East Pikeland Township will receive $238,183 for leaf waste processing.
  • Kennett Square Borough will receive $186,236 for leaf waste and curbside recycling.
  • Phoenixville Borough will receive $247,171 for curbside recycling.
  • Schuylkill Township will receive $112,506 for its leaf waste facility.
  • The Central Chester County Recycling Authority (South Coatesville, Coatesville, East Fallowfield, Modena and Valley) will receive $141,592 for its leaf waste program.

“Pennsylvania’s recycling program recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, and during that time we have continued to make improvements to it,” Dinniman said. “The grants I’m announcing today are intended to continue that success so that we find more and more ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.”

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.

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