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Falls Recycles Trash to Cash

Since 1999, Falls Township has reaped the benefits of township-wide recycling.

Officials hope that the trend of grants – based on the amount of trash Falls residents and businesses recycle – will continue.

The Falls Township Board of Supervisors approved awarding a contract to F.X. Browne for the completion of an Act 101 recycling report. The report, which will include documentation of the residential and commercial recycling tonnage collected in 2015, will determine the amount that the township will receive, likely at the end of 2016, or early 2017.

For its 2014 recycling efforts, Falls Township is expected to receive a $83,744 grant. Township Manager Peter Gray said he anticipates being awarded a similar amount for 2015.

“The township is awarded grant money based on the tonnage that’s recycled,” Supervisors Chairman Bob Harvie said. “The more we recycle, the more money that comes to the township.”

Harvie encouraged residents and businesses alike to step up their recycling efforts. To make the process even easier, he said single stream recycling, i.e., the ability to recycle without sorting cardboard from plastic, paper or other materials, helps to simplify the process.

In 2013 and 2014, Falls saw an increase of 3,000 tons of recycled material, which brought in an extra $20,000 in grant money. The report that F.X. Browne will complete will cost $3,500. To put that into perspective, the township is slated to receive $83,744 for its 2014 recycling efforts and collected $63,723 for 2013; and $54,669 for 2012.

“It’s obviously a good investment,” Harvie said.

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