Wyoming County receives DEP grant

June 29, 2013

To help further recycling efforts, Wyoming County has been awarded a $36,082 state grant under the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) County Recycling Coordinator Grant Program, announced state Reps. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) and Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming).

“Wyoming County has done an excellent job in increasing its recycling efforts, which helps preserve space in our landfills, protect our environment and save energy otherwise spent on waste collection and disposal,” said Major. “This funding will help make sure recycling efforts continue to be available throughout the county.”

“While recycling is vital for our environment and for reducing the amount of material that goes into landfills, it is also a significant economic factor in Pennsylvania because a growing number of our industries and businesses are either directly or indirectly involved with recycling, with more products being produced with recycled material every year,” said Boback.

The grant will be used for the reimbursement of 50 percent of the county recycling coordinator’s salary and expenses.

Typical duties of the county recycling coordinator include, but are not limited to:

· Development of recycling public education programs.

· Assistance to municipalities in development of recycling programs.

· Assistance to municipalities in the preparation of recycling grant applications.

· Assistance in selection of materials to be recycled.

· Identification of opportunities for inter-municipal cooperation.

· Collecting recycling program data and reporting the information to DEP.