By Paul Ploumis (ScrapMonster Author)
December 16, 2015 03:12:08 AM
FAIRMONT (Scrap Monster): The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded $2.2 million worth recycling grants to solid waste authorities, county commissions, municipalities, private companies and nonprofit organizations. The grants are part of DEP’s Rehabilitation Environmental Action Program (REAP) Recycling Assistance Grants Program.
The grants were awarded to 35 recipients selected from across 26 counties. The grants presentation was held during a ceremony at the DEP’s Charleston headquarters. This is the 24th year of the recycling grant program. Since its inception, nearly $36 million has been awarded to various organizations across the state.
The recipients of the largest grant amount of $150,000 were Greenbrier County Solid Waste Authority and Pocahontas County Solid Waste Authority. Greenbrier County will utilize the grant towards expanding building infrastructure for recycling drop-off and storage. Meantime, Pocahontas County wil use the grant to purchase a skid steer, a portable loading dock, roll-off containers with covers, recycling costs, labor, transportation, conference attendance fees and educational pamphlets for the county-wide program.
Marion County Solid Waste Authority was granted $149,657 to assist with the purchase of a horizontal baler with conveyor, sort line conveyor and recycling containers for the county-wide program. Also, Putnam County Solid Waste Authority was awarded $145,900 to assist with the recycling rolloff box pulls, mobile home recycling, a pre-recyclable chopper and conveyor, a sorting conveyor, picking station, a magnetic separator, recycling rolloff boxes, recycling advertising and education, floor scales and self-dumping hoppers for the county-wide program. In addition, $141,000 was awarded to the Region VIII Solid Waste Authority in Grant County to purchase a baler, storage building, forklift, materials and supplies and to assist with labor and the electrical contractor for the county-wide program.