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February 8, 2013

DEP awards $17.8 million for recycling programs

NEW CASTLE — Lawrence County is among 131 municipalities receiving grant money for developing and implementing recycling programs.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $17.8 million in recycling grants. Lawrence County will receive $15,421.

Through the grant program, municipalities and counties in Pennsylvania are eligible for up to 90 percent 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 percent of approved costs.

This is the 53rd round of grants being awarded since the inception of the Pennsylvania Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act in 1988, also known as Act 101.

Act 101 mandates 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 people per square mile.

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