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Allentown awarded for recycling program

Published On: Feb 12 2014 12:15:47 PM EST

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The City of Allentown is seeing green for its 'exemplary efforts' in recycling.

The Pa. Dept . of Environmental Protection has awarded the city a nearly $265,000 performance grant.

The grant reflects the nearly 20,000 tons of residential and commercial materials recycled by city residents and businesses in 2011.


“The residents of Allentown and our business community have embraced with open arms the idea of green living through recycling and waste reduction,” said Mayor Ed Pawlowski.

“Allentown continues to be a recycling leader in the region and strives to decrease trash that is landfilled while increasing the types and amounts of materials to be recycled,” he added.

According to city officials, this year the city will be relocating the Recycling Drop-off Center and bureau offices to the site at Oxford Drive and Fish Hatchery Road to consolidate operational services.  

The city’s recycling program has won awards from the Pennsylvania DEP, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Recycling Coalition, the Solid Waste Association of North America, the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania, Keystone Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America and the Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association.