The City of Allentown will receive a Recycling Program Performance Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for its exemplary efforts in recycling.

The grant is based on the type and weight of materials recycled from residential, commercial and drop-off recycling programs throughout the city.   Allentown residents and businesses recycled more than 21,500 tons of residential and commercial materials in 2012.

The residents of Allentown and our business community have been enthusiastic participants in the recycling program,” said Mayor Ed Pawlowski. “We have recycled an additional 1,500 tons of material over our 2011 total.”

Pennsylvania Act 101 requires that municipalities with populations over 10,000 offer curbside recycling in order to reduce Pennsylvania’s municipal waste generation.  The act seeks to recycle at least 35% of waste generated in the state, and to use recycled and recyclable materials in state government agencies.  Educating the public about the benefits of recycling is also a goal of the act.

“We are able to provide quality services and programs to our residents and businesses as a result of these grants,” said Ann Saurman, Manager of the Bureau of Recycling and Solid Waste. “This particular grant is based 100 percent on performance. I am very grateful to all our residents, businesses and schools for their outstanding participation.”

Allentown offers curbside recycling of newspaper, cardboard, paperboard, magazines, catalogs, mail, phone books and all types of white and colored paper; plastic bottles, jars, tubs and containers marked with numbers #1 through #7; glass bottles and jars (clear, brown and green); aluminum cans, foil and pie plates; steel cans; yard waste; and appliances and large metal items. The city also offers city residents recycling of electronic devices.

Recycling is a billion dollar industry in Pennsylvania, generating significant economic and environmental benefits.

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, Keystone Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America and the Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association.

For more information on recycling programs in the city, call the Bureau of Recycling and Solid Waste at 610-437-8729, or visit the bureau website at