New Kensington recycles its way to a grant

A grant totaling $6,944 was awarded to New Kensington for recycling performance, the office of state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland,) said on Nov. 7.


A grant totaling $6,944 was awarded to New Kensington for recycling performance, the office of state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland counties) said Friday.

The grant was awarded based on the amount of recycled materials from 2012 and the city's population. New Kensington was able to recycle 1,222 tons of material in that year.

The awarding of grants is headed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The grants were authorized in 1988 to encourage sustainability.

“Recycling performance grants were developed as incentives for communities to increase the amount of material recovered and removed from the waste stream,” Brewster said. “The funds given to New Kensington for this grant are in addition to funding that comes to the city to operate its recycling program.”

For the grant to be awarded, the local government must provide documentation that the appropriate materials were collected, generated and recycled within the boundaries of the municipality in the year of the application. This include recycled materials from residential, business, schools and government areas. Applicable recyclable materials included aluminum and steel cans, glass, plastic, cardboard, newspapers and other types of paper.

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