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The Township of Pine is required to recycle as Pennsylvania Act 101 of 1988, "The Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling, and Waste Reduction Act," mandates recycling in municipalities with populations over 10,000. The 2010 census reported Pine’s population to be 11,497 and the number is expected to increase as 521 single-family residences were added between 2015 and 2019.
The items that are to be collected from residents are leaf waste and at least three materials from a menu of eight materials - steel/tin and aluminum cans, plastics, clear and colored glass, office paper, newspaper, and corrugated cardboard. Pine collects yard waste; aluminum cans; plastics #1 & 2; bi-metal cans; newsprint; magazines; clear, brown, amber and green glass bottles and food containers; multiple grades of corrugated cardboard; and other mixed paper through its contracted waste collector Vogel Disposal Service, Inc.
Recycling Program Performance Grants are available to all Pennsylvania local governments with recycling programs. The grants awards are based on the total tons recycled and the applicant’s recycling rate. Post-consumer aluminum and steel cans, glass, plastics, corrugated cardboard, newspapers and other marketable grades of paper are materials eligible for the grants. All eligible materials collected from residents, businesses, schools, colleges, universities and community events can be factored into the grant awards. Pine received a grant award of $44,507.00 for 1506.4 tons of residential recyclables collected during 2018. To be eligible to receive grant awards in the future, residents should continue to dispose of recyclable items including glass in the blue top cart.