The City of Allentown, already recognized nationally for the success of its recycling program, received an added boost when the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) recently announced that it was awarding Allentown with a $250,000 Recycling grant. The funds will be used for a yard waste trommel screener which will be utilized at the Yard Waste Site, as well as for the purchase of a paper shredding system at the Recycling Drop Off Center.
“We’re thrilled to receive this grant from the state DEP,” said Mayor Pawlowski. “The trommel screener will increase the speed and efficiency of the grinding process, while we will be providing our residents with a real need with the paper shredding system. We’re proud of our recycling program here in Allentown, and this grant will help us to expand our recycling program.”
At the Yard Waste Site, where City residents can drop off their yard waste, branches, tree trimmings and shrubs are ground up by a tub grinder. The Trommel Screener is used to separate large wood chips that are used for mulch from the finer debris. This tool can produce up to 150 cubic yards of screened yard waste material per hour.
The mulch is used in Allentown parks, flower beds and gardens. It is also available for free to Allentown residents, who can load it themselves, or for a pre-paid fee of $12 a bucket load, can have it loaded for them into their vehicles.
“We are very pleased to be able to improve the services and programs we provide to our residents and businesses as a result of these PA DEP grants,” said Manager of the Bureau of Recycling and Solid Waste, Ann Saurman. “The trommel screener allows us to make various grades of mulch and soon we will be able to add on-site paper shredding services for residents and businesses.”
Allentown’s Yard Waste Site is located at 1401 Oxford Drive. Visit www.allentownpa.gov for hours of operation and mulch loading services. Allentown conducts curbside yard waste collection from April through Thanksgiving week.
The city’s recycling program has won awards from the Pennsylvania DEP, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Recycling Coalition, the Solid Waste Association of North America, the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania, the Keystone Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America and the Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association.