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Plymouth Receives $135k for Curbside Recycling Program

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has awarded Plymouth $135,000 to kick-start the town's planned curbside recycling program.

The Department of Environmental Protection awarded municipal recycling grants to the towns of Bourne and Plymouth to promote the responsible management of solid waste, Senate President Therese Murray, D-Plymouth, announced today.

“Congratulations to Bourne and Plymouth,” Murray said. “Their efforts exemplify a statewide commitment to cleaner, greener communities.”

Plymouth received $130,000 for wheeled recycling carts for curbside single-streamed recycling, and $5,000 for the purchase and distribution of residential educational materials about the curbside recycling program. Single-stream recycling is a commingling system by which different waste materials can be combined at the curb and separated after collection.

Bourne received $30,000 for a pilot program that involves a natural process known as anaerobic digestion which reduces the emission of landfill gases during the breakdown of biodegradable material. The process could ultimately be valuable to other municipalities as a regional initiative.

The funding was part of $2.07 million in total grants to 118 cities, towns and other regional and non-profit groups. The grants were provided through the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program under the Green Communities Act.

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