BETHLEHEM, December 21, 2007 — Local municipalities recently received state funding toward recycling programs, according to state Sen. Lisa Boscola.

“Recycling is a simple, yet effective way to reduce waste and help our environment. It also supports jobs and our economy,” Boscola said. “I’m pleased that the state is encouraging our communities to recycle.”

The following municipalities received funding:

  • Lehigh County received $450,000 to augment a multi-municipal yard waste composting program in the county.
  • Whitehall Township, Lehigh County received $4,050 to augment drop-off recycling program.
  • East Stroudsburg, Monroe County received $36,110 to augment recyclable materials processing.
  • Monroe County Municipal Waste received $206,858 to augment a multi-municipal drop-off recycling program in the county.
  • Stroud Township, Monroe County received $249,430 to augment a yard waste collection and multi-municipal composting program in the township.
  • Bethlehem, Northampton County received $424,000 to augment a leaf waste collection program in the city. 

The funding is part of $20 million in grants throughout the state through the Recycling Development and Implementation Grant Program, which reimburses local governments and solid waste authorities for the cost of municipal recycling and composting programs.

In 2005, Pennsylvanians recycled a record 4.9 million tons of municipal waste, saving consumers and industries nearly $263 million in disposal costs and providing businesses with materials valued at $577 million.

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