McKeesport, March 23, 2012 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today that more than $60,000 in state grant money is soon headed to his district through two separate awards.

Monroeville is set to receive a grant of $15,498 from the Recycling Performance Grant Program (Act 101) and Trafford Borough will be the recipient of $45,000 in grant monies from the Community Conservation Partnership Program (CCPP).

“It is imperative that local communities gain access to key state resources because the state budget is very tight and funds are scarce,” Brewster said. “These state dollars enable local municipalities to continue valuable programs and complete important local projects without burdening local taxpayers.”

Brewster said the funds for Trafford Borough will be used to develop an outdoor skate park facility at the BY Park.  The project includes equipment, asphalt surfacing, fencing, benches and other improvements.

“The grant from CCPP that will help pay for the project in Trafford will augment other work that has already been done to rehabilitate BY Park and make it an even more valuable community asset,” Brewster said.   “The park is heavily used and enjoyed by people of all ages and this project will add another park amenity that will be welcomed.”

The funds for Monroeville serve as an incentive to increase the amount of recycled materials that are recovered.   The state grant is based on the population of Monroeville and the amount of recycled product.  It is in addition to other funding streams allotted to maintain the recycling program.

The McKeesport lawmaker said that Act 101 is a comprehensive recycling law that has been very useful “as a means to reduce the amount of solid waste in landfills. The program also helps recover recyclable materials.”


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