Grant will allow city to replace chipper

The City of Warren has been awarded a windfall.

On Jan. 7, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced it had awarded $417.8 million in grants for recycling programs, including a $52,135 grant to Warren.

“The city applied for a recycling 902 grant for equipment,” city Director of Public Works Mike Holtz said noting the funds would be used to replace the city’s tow-behind wood chipper, which is approximately 15 years old. “We use it a lot for spring clean-up, storm recovery, maintaining the parks.”

The grant is part of the 53rd round of funding following adoption of Act 101 of 1988, the Pennsylvania Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act, according to DEP.

The grant covers up to 90 percent of funding for eligible program costs which include operating compost facilities, developing web-based programs on recycling, expanding recycling processing facilities, installing data collection systems on recycling vehicles, continuing or creating curbside recycling programs and developing educational materials. In the city’s case, the grant will provide a full 90 percent of funding.

Act 101 mandated recycling in municipalities with more than 10,000 residents or with between 5,000 and 10,000 residents with a population density of more than 300 people per square mile.

“I am pleased that DEP has provided this funding to help protect the environment and strengthen local recycling programs within our community,” State Sen. Joe Scarnati said in a Jan. 8 press release.

“I’m thankful that we got it,” Holtz said. “It provides a valuable service and I’m glad