Millcreek and Fairview receiving money for waste and recycling programs

County and region’s municipalities receive more than $1.47M for leaf composting, curbside recycling, and other recycling and waste management efforts

ERIE, April 27 – Today, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, applauded the administration for sending more than $1.47 million to the region to bolster its future recycling efforts.

“When we keep our waste and recycling programs well-funded, litter on our streets go down, our region stays clean and our region stays green,” Bizzarro said. “We’ve all seen the litter strewn around the highways and thoroughfares, and this money will address that and prevent it from appearing in the future.”

The local governments in Erie County receiving grant money are:

  • $350,000 – Millcreek Township.
  • $350,000 – Erie City.
  • $291,103 – Edinboro Borough.
  • $153,000 – Fairview Township.
  • $334,622 – Erie County.

Examples of eligible projects include leaf compost facility operations, 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.

The Department of Environmental Protection announced the grants today and awarded them through the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act, a law that addresses litter prevention across the Commonwealth.

The grant awards are based on the total tons recycled in the previous year by the municipality applying for the grant. To learn more about the Recycling Performance Grant or other programs offered by DEP, click here or reach out to Bizzarro’s office at (814) 835-2880.