State Announces Recycling Grants for Rockland

Rockland County to receive $1,554,967
February 14, 2008

State Senator Thomas Morahan (R-New City) and Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern) announced today that Rockland County will be receiving $ 1,554,967 from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund. The bulk of the funding, $ 1,459, 875, will go to the Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority for recycling equipment, as well as improving its facilities and promoting recycling. A smaller grant of $ 95,092 has been earmarked for the Village of Nyack for the purchase of recycling equipment.

“I am especially pleased that the State has provided funding for Rockland County’s Solid Waste Management Authority so it can enhance its waste reduction operations and increase public awareness of the benefits of recycling,” said Senator Morahan.

“Funding from the State to enhance Rockland County’s recycling programs helps defer the cost from local residents,” said Assemblywoman Jaffee. “And anything that we can do to augment our efforts through improved facilities and public awareness will certainly benefit all of us.”

State recycling grants provide funding for municipal waste reduction, recycling, and composting programs, to assist with costs such as the construction of recycling and composting facilities; the purchase of recycling and composting equipment; waste reduction programs to reduce and prevent waste generation; reuse projects such as materials exchanges; and public outreach campaigns to promote and expand recycling efforts.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Municipal Waste Reduction and Recycling grant program provides up to 50 percent reimbursement to local governments for eligible project costs, limited to a maximum state share of $2 million per project.