Matzie: More than $600,000 in grants to bolster Beaver County recycling, leaf collection programs

HARRISBURG, Oct. 12 – More than $600,000 in state grants will support recycling and leaf collection efforts in Beaver County, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today.

Matzie said the funding – which includes a $350,000 grant to Beaver County, a $198,000 grant to Monaca Borough and a $53,700 grant to Aliquippa City – will help the county and municipalities expand recycling and leaf collection and composting services, along with related programs. The funding comes from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

“These types of ‘green’ projects are important on many levels – for residents, for the local economy and for the environment,” Matzie said. “Simply put, recycling makes our communities cleaner and helps to keep the cost of trash collection in line. Any time I can be supportive of the state taking some of that burden off of local taxpayers, I am.”

Matzie said Allegheny County also is receiving a $198,000 grant to fund the same kinds of services.

The grants are part of a package of $37 million in Recycling Development and Implementation Grants to nearly 200 county and municipal governments. Eligible projects include operating leaf compost facilities, expanding recycling processing facilities, continuing and creating 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 financially distressed under the Financial Distressed Communities Act are eligible to receive funding for an additional 10 percent of approved costs.