DEP awards recycling grants to Luzerne County, Wilkes-Barre

HARRISBURG, Sept. 2 – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recently awarded recycling grants to the city of Wilkes-Barre and to Luzerne County, said state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne.

A $38,680 grant was given to Luzerne County under the County Planning Grant Program of Act 101 of 1988. It will be used to reimburse up to 80 percent of the costs to revise the county’s solid waste management plan.

A $77,935 grant was awarded to Wilkes-Barre under the Recycling Performance Grant Program of Act 101 of 1988. It’s based on the 5,931.70 tons recycled in 2014 and the municipality’s population.

“These grants will help both the city and the county improve upon their top-notch recycling efforts,” Pashinski said. “I applaud the residents of Wilkes-Barre for doing a tremendous job by recycling and not throwing out additional waste that unnecessarily ends up in our landfills.”