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HARRISBURG – Six communities in Lackawanna County will receive a total of $1.05 million from the commonwealth to start or expand recycling programs, state Sen. John Blake said today.


“From Olyphant to Mayfield, more Lackawanna County residents will be better able to participate in the greening of Pennsylvania with the award of these grants from the Department of Environmental Protection,” Sen. Blake said in a press release .


“Many people now have to take their consumer waste to recycling centers, but many of these grants will help communities begin curbside recycling programs. This means your municipality will come to you to collect your glass, aluminum and plastic.”


Pennsylvania’s Municipal Waste, Planning Recycling and Waste Reduction Act directs Act 101 grant funding to be used by municipalities to develop and implement recycling programs.


Projects can range from the operation of compost facilities and web-based recycling programs to the creation of additional recycling capacity and the development of educational materials to encourage more people to keep recyclable goods from going into the trash.


“My thanks to the commonwealth for including six Lackawanna County communities in this 54th round of Act 101 grants,” Blake said. “I commend the municipalities and the local government officials who worked to earn the state funding awards. Their sustainability efforts extend the useful life of landfills and support economic activity that protects the environment.”


Act 101 mandates recycling in municipalities with more than 10,000 residents. Municipalities with 5,000 to 10,000 people and have a population density greater than 300 people per square mile must also recycle.


Here’s a list of the communities, programs and award amounts:


Archbald Borough Curbside Collection $225,883


Dickson City Borough Curbside & Educational Programs $247,433


Mayfield Borough Curbside & Educational Programs $13,445


Moosic Borough Curbside Collection $250,000


Moscow Borough Curbside & Drop-Off Recycling $189,759


Olyphant Borough Leaf Waste Processing, Collection $125,878


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