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Murrysville receives $100K in grants to boost recycling

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By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Nearly $100,000 in state grants will help Murrysville officials bolster the already-successful municipal recycling program.

The municipality received a $77,476 grant to support the new automated curbside recycling program last month, along with a $17,322 grant for its recycling performance in 2010. Both grants were administered by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

“That's a lot of money we can do very good things with,” Council President Joan Kearns said.

The $77,000 grant will enable the municipality to buy a cardboard compactor that residents and small businesses can use for corrugated cardboard, said Cherie Weber, executive assistant for the municipality. In fact, that was originally why Weber applied for the grant.

When officials began requiring automated recycling in the majority of the municipality last summer, corrugated cardboard was an issue. The nature of Allied Waste's automated system doesn't allow for cardboard to be stacked next to a bin, and cardboard can take up a lot of space even in a 96-gallon recycling bin — which is the largest size offered by the municipality.

Weber said the grant also will be used to buy a supply of wheeled recycling carts for the curbside program and to help fund programs to teach residents and business owners about recycling.

“The municipality is incredibly grateful for this grant funding, as Murrysville is a progressive recycling community,” Weber said. “The residents have done an outstanding job in diverting recyclables from the landfills.”

Since the implementation of the automated program, there has been a 60-percent increase in the tonnage of material recycled, Weber said. That bodes well for future grants. Thanks to the amount of material recycled in 2010 — 2,158 tons — the municipality received more than $17,000 through a recycling performance grant program. The municipality can use that money for any municipal project. Weber said she did not know how the funds would be used.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or dkurutz@tribweb.com.

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