Harkins, Merski: Nearly $1.5 million awarded for Erie-area recycling projects

HARRISBURG, April 27 – Erie-area recycling and leaf-collection programs will get a boost from $1.48 million in grant funding, state Reps. Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, both Erie, announced today.

The lawmakers said the funding is part of a package of Recycling Development and Implementation grants that will help communities launch or continue successful programs.

“Erie business owners and residents understand the economic and ecological benefits of recycling, and our communities have embraced these efforts,” Harkins said. “The investments made today are going to ensure those programs keep running strong.”

Merski said, “This funding is extremely practical -- communities can use it to expand recycling facilities, start or continue curbside programs, operate leaf compost facilities, and other programs that make a very real impact when it comes to saving money, saving energy, creating jobs and all the other benefits those programs bring.”

The following communities will receive grant funding:

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

Through the grant program, municipalities and counties in Pennsylvania are eligible for up to 90% funding of approved recycling program costs. Municipalities that are designated financially distressed under the Financial Distressed Communities Act are eligible to receive funding for an additional 10% of approved costs. Grants were also awarded based on programs designed to meet current market demands for recyclable goods.