Kosierowski lauds $267,368 grant awarded to Moosic

HARRISBURG, April 29 -- State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, said she is pleased to see Moosic Borough awarded a $267,368 grant allocation for leaf composting, curbside recycling, and other waste management and recycling efforts.

“What we don’t address in the present becomes an issue for the future,” Kosierowski said. “These dollars are vital to bolstering waste and recycling efforts so that our children will have a lessened environmental burden to address in their future.”

According to Kosierowski, the funding is part of a package of Recycling Development and Implementation grants that will help communities launch or continue successful programs. The grants are funded through the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act, a law that addresses litter prevention across the Commonwealth. Grant allocations are based on the total tons recycled in the previous year by the applying municipality.

Examples of eligible projects include leaf compost facility operations, developing web-based programs on recycling for consumers, expanding recycling processing facilities, installing data collection systems on recycling vehicles, continuing and creating curbside recycling programs, and developing educational materials to encourage residents to properly recycle.

Municipalities and counties in Pennsylvania are eligible for up to 90% funding of approved recycling program costs via the grant program. Financially distressed municipalities as defined under the Financial Distressed Communities Act are eligible for an additional funding amount of 10% of approved costs. Grants were also awarded based on programs designed to meet current market demands for recyclable goods.

More information and a list of funded projects is available by clicking this link: https://www.media.pa.gov/pages/DEP_details.aspx?newsid=1596.