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County gets grant for waste cleanup

December 27, 2001

County gets grant for waste cleanup



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County will get $39,000 from the state to use toward its household hazardous waste collection that has kept tons of pollutants out of local landfills.

The state awarded the grant this month under the Pennsylvania Small Business and Household Pollution Prevention Grant Program, according to State Rep. Jeff Coy, D-Franklin.

The program offers up to $2 million a year in matching grants to counties to develop and implement pollution- prevention education programs for households and small businesses, said Paul Resch, a spokesman for Coy.

"I was pleased to vote for the legislation that created this valuable program," Coy said. "This grant will reimburse the county for half the cost of collecting items such as paint, pesticides and car products such as antifreeze."

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Other included items are old paints and paint-related products, pesticides, pool chemicals, drain cleaners, degreasers and other car-care products.

Each Pennsylvanian produces an average of 4 pounds of such waste each year that create environmental and public health hazards if not properly disposed, Coy said.

Sherri Clayton, the county's recycling coordinator, said the grant will go toward a previous bill for a 1999 countywide hazardous materials pickup.

This spring the Franklin County Board of Commissioners signed a $78,000 contract with Curbside Inc., a California-based group that did the 1999 pickup.

"We will do it again next year. We want to keep this as a service to residents," she said.

This is the fourth county collection, but only the second door-to-door program. The first two years, residents had to drop off the chemicals at predetermined points on a single day.

In 1999, the first door-to-door collection netted 87,338 pounds of material from 687 households in the county - two to three times as much as the earlier pickups.

Residents can schedule appointments for household hazardous waste pickups by calling 1-800-HHW-PKUP.

- Stacey Danzuso

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