The City of Pittsburgh will benefit from a $572,688 state grant awarded in recognition of its recycling efforts.
The funds were awarded through the state Department of Environmental Protection's Recycling Performance Grant program. Initiated in 1988 by the Municipal Waste Planning and Waste Reduction Act, the program provides incentives to help municipalities increase the amount of materials recovered through recycling.
"Promoting and encouraging recycling is an important part of Pennsylvania's overall environmental agenda," Sen. Jay Costa said. "These funds are in recognition of the City of Pittsburgh's highly successful recycling effort."
The grant is based on the 45,251 tons of materials recycled by the city for calendar year 2009 and is in addition to the funds the DEP allocates to the city to establish and maintain recycling programs.
The grant amount is based on type and weight of materials recycled and on the percentage of recyclables diverted from landfills and incineration.