Readshaw: More than $800,000 in grants awarded to bolster Allegheny County recycling, leaf collection programs

HARRISBURG, Oct. 12 – More than $800,000 in state grants will boost recycling and leaf collection efforts in Allegheny County, state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, announced today.

Readshaw said the grants – which include $350,000 to Pittsburgh, $264,681 to Baldwin Borough and $198,000 to Allegheny County – will support recycling, leaf collection, and composting and related services. The funding comes from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

“It’s great to see residents’ tax dollars coming back to the district to support these essential county and municipal services,” Readshaw said. “Expanded funding for recycling, collection and composting programs makes those services more accessible to residents, and these ‘green’ practices bring tangible benefits to everyone by saving energy and raw materials, reducing pollution and cutting down on landfill waste.”

Readshaw noted that the grants are part of a package of $37 million in Recycling Development and Implementation Grants to nearly 200 county and municipal governments. In addition to funding for expanded recycling and composting facilities, the grants may be used for curbside recycling programs and developing educational materials and web-based programs to encourage recycling.

Municipalities and counties in Pennsylvania are eligible for up to 90 percent funding of approved recycling program costs. Municipalities that are designated as financially distressed under the Financial Distressed Communities Act are eligible to receive funding for an additional 10 percent of approved costs.