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.