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Township seeks recycling grant for busy center

July 09, 2003|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Washington Township Supervisors have asked the state for nearly $300,000 to construct a storage building and upgrade equipment at the township's recycling center, a facility called the core of the Franklin County recycling program.

The township is applying for a grant of $292,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. If approved, the biggest chunk will pay for construction of an 81-by-105-foot storage building at the site, Township Administrator Michael Christopher said.

The building is needed to protect processed baled recyclables waiting delivery from the weather, he said.

The rest of the grant would pay for a new forklift, backhoe, scale and replacement conveyor belts, he said.

Christopher said the center at 12725 Buchanan Trail East is the collection point for recyclables from 50 municipalities in Franklin, Adams and Cumberland counties.

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Last year it took in, sorted and marketed more than 28,000 tons of newspaper, office paper, cardboard, plastic and glass bottles and metal and aluminum cans. The facility also recycles vehicle batteries, scrap metal, tires and yard waste, he said.

According to Christopher, the center recycles material from more than 220,000 households in the three-county region.

The center made money for the first time in several years last year and has been in the black for the five months of this year, Christopher said.

It has one full-time employee and 17 part-time workers, he said.

Recyclables are hauled to the center in trucks owned by area trash hauling companies. Individuals also drop off items for recycling.

Sherri L. Clayton, senior planner with the Franklin County Planning Commission, said in a letter to DEP supporting the township's grant application that there would be no recycling programs in Franklin County without the Washington Township center. Programs in Adams and Cumberland counties would also be limited, she said.

The center "is at the core of the recycling program in Franklin County," Clayton said.

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