Recycling reimbursement grants awarded

The state Department of Environmental Protection will provide more than $100,000 to Clinton and Centre counties as reimbursement for the efforts put forth by their recycling coordinators, according to Rep. Mike Hanna.

Clinton County will receive $41,421 while Centre County will be awarded $66,058 as 50 percent reimbursement for the recycling coordinator’s salary and expenses.

“The positive impact that recycling has had on our commonwealth is both environmental and economic. The success of these programs has reduced the amount of material we dispose of in landfills, while at the same time it has increased the number of jobs in related industries,” said Hanna, D-Lock Haven.

More than 11.6 million Pennsylvanians have access to recycling — about 79 percent of the population has convenient access through curbside pickup programs.

The commonwealth’s recycling and reuse industry leads northeastern states in employment, payroll and sales. More than 3,800 recycling and reuse businesses and organizations made more than $20.6 billion in gross annual sales and provide jobs for more than 52,000 employees at an annual payroll of approximately $2.2 billion.