Franklin, Medway Receive Grants for Recycling, Composting and Waste Reduction
Medway and Franklin received state grants to support local efforts to increase recycling and reduce waste, Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), Representative Jeffrey Roy (D-Franklin) and Representative John Fernandes (D-Milford) announced today.
“Recycling and waste reduction efforts improve the health of our communities and protect our environment for future generations,” Senator Spilka said. “These grants will allow Franklin and Medway to continue to advance innovative green initiatives that save money on waste disposal costs, cut greenhouse gas emissions and encourage the use of sustainable energy.”
“Franklin and Medway both have a long and successful history of improving energy use and recycling while reducing waste and cost,” said Representative Roy. “These grants will go a long way to continue these valiant efforts and ensure cleaner communities for years to come.”
“I join with Representative Roy and Senator Spilka in welcoming these grant awards to Medway,” said Representative Fernandes. “These timely and targeted state grants will enable Medway to continue its successful and effective efforts aimed at promoting recycling community-wide, which directly benefits the environment, reduces the overall waste stream and lowers related trash removal costs.”
The Town of Medway received $25,000 to hire local waste reduction enforcement coordinators to assist in enforcing compliance with existing recycling programs and an additional $1,000 grant for other small scale recycling initiatives.
The Town of Franklin received $7,500 to expand its existing recycling program to collect carpet materials at municipal recycling stations. Franklin also received a $1,000 grant for outreach and educational materials for the Town’s drop-off recycling program.
The grants are funded through the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP). The SMRP funds recycling, composting and reuse activities to limit the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators. Waste prevention and recycling reduce greenhouse gas emissions by capturing the embodied energy in every-day product and packaging waste and converting these sources into new products with a smaller carbon footprint.