DeLuca secures $288,000 recycling grant award for Penn Hills

HARRISBURG, Oct. 12 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced today that Penn Hills was awarded a $288,000 Recycling Development and Implementation Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

DeLuca, who advocated for the grant, said it can be used for a number of things. Funding eligibility is allocated for expanding recycling processing facilities, installing data collection systems on recycling vehicles, continuing or creating curbside recycling programs, developing educational materials or operating leaf compost facilities.

“Recycling can be done in different ways, but they all have the same result in bettering our communities,” DeLuca said. “Recycling is environmentally friendly and makes economic sense. It’s just a great thing to do.”

In 2015, the state recycled over 7.78 million tons of resources, which resulted in more than 10.1 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions removed from the air, saving 1.4 million in electricity in American homes per year or 2.12 million in passenger vehicles taken off the road for a year, according to DEP.

Nearly 200 county and municipal governments were awarded grants for recycling collections, education and leaf litter pickup. Up to 90 percent of approved recycling program costs are eligible under the grant program.

For more information on the grants visit the DEP’s website.