Nanticoke, October 11, 2018 – State Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon) announced today, just over $1 million in Recycling Program Development and Implementation Grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for four municipalities in the 14th District in Luzerne County.

The grants reimburse counties and municipalities 90 percent of eligible recycling program development and implementation expenses.

“As Minority Chairman of the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, I applaud both the Administration’s and Secretary McDonnell’s investments in our local and county recycling programs. Investing in recycling programs incentivize our municipalities that are struggling financially to pursue these vital programs, which protect our environment,” said Senator Yudichak.

The following municipalities received Recycling Program Development and Implementation Grants:

  • Wilkes Barre City – $350,000
  • Plains Township – $287,093
  • Pittston City – $223,340
  • Hanover Township – $159,791

Examples of eligible projects include operating leaf compost facilities; developing web-based programs on recycling for consumers; expanding recycling processing facilities; installing data collection systems on recycling vehicles; continuing and creating curbside recycling programs; and developing educational materials to encourage residents to properly recycle.

Senator Yudichak worked with State Representatives Gerald Mullery (D – Luzerne), Eddie Day Pashinski (D – Luzerne) and Mike Carroll (D – Luzerne/Lackawanna) to secure this important funding.