For an increasing number of municipalities across Pennsylvania, recycling is as good for the pocketbook as it is for the environment. That’s been the case in Cranberry, where modern collection methods and recycling programs have lowered collection fees for residents.
By limiting how much goes into landfills and boosting totals of recycled goods, municipalities such as Cranberry have become eligible for state grants – either to operate recycling programs or to expand existing ones.
The amount of waste the municipality sends to landfills was 7,619 tons last year, compared with 11,030 tons in 2004. The average amount recycled per person was 670 pounds last year, up from 115 pounds in 2004.