FURTHER REDUCING OUR GARBAGE: CITY AWARDED RECYCLING GRANT

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The City of Allentown hopes to purchase a roll-off vehicle similar to this one with grant.

The City of Allentown hopes to purchase a roll-off vehicle similar to this one with grant.

The City of Allentown has been awarded a grant of $240,977 for developing and implementing recycling programs by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.  The city will use the grant money for its new cardboard baler at the Recycling Drop-off Center, to purchase new green and blue recycling bins, and partial funding for a new roll-off vehicle, like the one pictured above, to haul recyclables to their final destination.

Allentown was one of 131 municipalities and counties to receive the Section 902 recycling grants from the states DEP, receiving just under the maximum grant of $250,000.

“I believe that a greener city provides long term community and economic benefits,” said Mayor Ed Pawlowski. “We recently expanded our recycling program to include milk, juice and similar cartons and have held electronics and television recycling collections. Our residents and businesses have really embraced the idea of green living through waste reduction and recycling.”

According to DEP Secretary Mike Krancer, “Recycling plays a key role in improving Pennsylvania’s economy and protecting its environment. These grants further that cause, and DEP is proud to invest in local programs that help the awardees strengthen their recycling programs.”

Pennsylvania Act 101 mandates curbside recycling in the state’s larger municipalities (population over 10,000) and offers grants to be applied toward recycling program sustainability and enhancements.

“The grants we receive from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for developing and implementing new programs and for actual recycling performance are very important to Allentown’s recycling programs and allow the city to continue to bring quality services and programs to our residents and businesses,” said Ann Saurman, Manager of the Bureau of Recycling and Solid Waste.