Elk County Electronics Collection
In June 2004, Elk County opened a permanent collection center for discarded electronics at the Stackpole Complex in St. Mary. The discarded electronics are collected and sent for recycling to Envirocycle, Inc. in Hallstead PA. The center is open the third Saturday of each month. Since the start of the collection, enough electronics have been collected to fill three tractor-trailers. Over 350 people have brought more than 50,000 pounds of electronics.
Bekki Titchner, the Elk County Recycling Coordinator, attributes the success of the permanent collection center to "volunteers from our PA Cleanways office, our solid waste authority and the City of St. Mary's Recycling Task Force and local industry assisting with equipment such as fork lifts to help move the material."
If you or your organization is interested in establishing a permanent electronics collection event please contact Tom Hyatt , PA DEP.
DEP Hands Out Nearly $100,000 in Grant Money: Study Will Help Emerging Companies Grow, Enhance Environmental Protections
On behalf of Governor Edward G. Rendell, Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen McGinty announced a $99,466 market development grant to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in Philadelphia for a one-year study to assess supply and demand issues and examine market barriers and related opportunities for reusing recovered residential building materials in southeastern Pennsylvania.
The study will serve as a resource for the city of Philadelphia and other urban areas interested in exploring ways to recover wood and bricks; architectural salvage such as light fixtures, kitchen cabinets, doors and moldings; window frames, door frames and flooring; and other building materials. Expanding the markets for these products will support emerging deconstruction and reuse companies in the region.
"Many older homes contain quality building materials and valuable and attractive architectural artifacts that can be reused," Secretary McGinty said at RESTORE, a business that recycles residential building materials and offers architectural salvage, deconstruction and design services. "Finding creative ways to reuse building materials from older homes will reduce pressure on landfills, provide attractive options for new homebuyers and help revitalize our urban environment. Replacing our aging housing stock in older cities and towns is a vital part of attracting families and investments in home ownership to create stable neighborhoods."
Finding markets for this recovered residential building material will help Pennsylvania's environment by keeping such material out of landfills, and create jobs in firms that recover and sell this material for re-use. At the same time, demolishing homes can create environmental problems relating to the disposal of this material, and safety hazards if the material is not removed quickly from the site. Neighborhood safety will be enhanced if there is an economic incentive to remove material from abandoned homes quickly so it can be sold for re-use.
In a pilot project last year, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance , or ILSR, came up with a strategy for deconstructing two homes and conducted a demonstration "architectural salvage" of a third house. The nonprofit organization identified a wide range of salvageable materials, researched existing markets for them and estimated the recovered material retail value at $8,000.
ILSR and Penn State's Hamer Center for Community Design Assistance will disseminate the findings of this study throughout the state to inform others about opportunities for similar material recovery efforts in their regions.
"When entrepreneurs, local officials and families are able to make use of the information produced by this study, Pennsylvania will establish itself as a national leader in this new area of urban revitalization," Secretary McGinty said.
Pennsylvania's recycling industry comprises more than 3,247 recycling and reuse businesses and organizations that generate more than $18.4 billion in gross annual sales, pay $305 million in taxes and provide jobs for more than 81,322 employees at an annual payroll of approximately $2.9 billion.
For more information on recycling in Pennsylvania, visit DEP's Web site at http://www.dep.state.pa.us, Keyword: "DEP Recycling."
DEP Awards Nearly $4 Million In Municipal Recycling Performance Grants: Grants Reward 237 Municipalities Statewide for Recycling Efforts
On behalf of Governor Edward G. Rendell, Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen McGinty announced nearly $4 million in recycling performance grants to 237 Pennsylvania communities for their recycling efforts in 2003.
"These grants reward communities for contributing to a Pennsylvania success story," Secretary McGinty said. "Recycling has become one of the engines that drives our economy. I encourage local officials to use this funding to support even stronger municipal recycling programs that play an important role in cleaning up the environment and making our communities even stronger."
Pennsylvania's recycling and reuse industry leads the nation in employment, payroll and sales numbers. More than 3,247 recycling and reuse businesses and organizations made more than $18.4 billion in gross annual sales, paid $305 million in taxes and provided jobs for more than 81,322 employees at an annual payroll of approximately $2.9 billion.
These 237 grants represent the initial group approved from nearly 800 applications that DEP received by the Sept. 30, 2004, filing deadline. Additional awards will be made as the remaining applications are processed.
For more information on recycling grants, visit DEP's Web site at http://www.dep.state.pa.us, Keyword: "DEP Recycling."