Rendell: PA Making it Easier for for Innovative Manufacturors to Use Recycled Materials

HARRISBURG – The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania expanded on its commitment to conserving natural resources and energy as Gov. Edward G. Rendell announced three grants that will help in-state manufacturers increase their use of recycled materials.

The Recycling Markets Infrastructure Development grants announced today total nearly $890,000, said the Governor, and will help firms in Carbon, Erie and Washington counties reduce their energy consumption, control costs and create new jobs.

“Pennsylvania’s manufacturers, like businesses in virtually every other industry, are struggling with higher energy costs,” said Rendell. “It takes energy to extract, transport and process the raw materials used to make a finished product.

“By investing in our employers, we’re making it easier for them to upgrade their equipment so using recycled materials becomes an attractive, cost-effective alternative in their manufacturing process. That helps companies to avoid some of those energy costs and re-invest the savings into the business in the form of larger operations and greater employment. It also helps to preserve our natural resources and protect our environment.”

The grants help finance machinery or equipment purchases that make it easier for businesses to consume recyclable materials recovered in Pennsylvania.

The reimbursement grants are awarded to businesses and nonprofit organizations that manufacture a product or reuse an existing product with recyclable material from Pennsylvania. Entities that want to begin using recyclable material are also eligible. Grants of up to $500,000 are available for any single recycling infrastructure development project.

Grants were announced today for the projects outlined below for the following companies:

• Alliance Sand Operation LLC, Carbon County, will use its $224,000 grant to buy glass-crushing equipment that will allow it to recycle 500 tons of mixed-colored, post-consumer glass bottles per year. The glass will be transformed into sand that will be used as filters in on-lot sewage treatment systems—a market with an estimated demand of up to 2 million tons per year in Pennsylvania alone. By switching to sand made from recycled glass instead of quarried rocks, as the company had used previously, Allied Sand will reduce the impact of surface mining on the local community.

• Engineered Plastics Inc., Erie County, will use its $500,000 grant to purchase recycling equipment that will allow it to process a broader spectrum of materials, including low-demand products like stretch wrapping and plastics used for agricultural and medical purposes. The equipment will also help the company double its use of waste plastics to nearly 3,800 tons each year. Engineered Plastics anticipates hiring up to 10 additional full-time staff as a result of the state’s investment.

• World Kitchen LLC, Washington County, will use its $165,173 grant to buy a glass crusher that will enable it to annually replace virgin materials in its manufacturing processes with 15,000 tons of clear, post-consumer glass. Using recycled inputs will allow the company to lower temperatures in the company’s melting tank, which will reduce its energy costs, cut emissions and extend the tank’s life. World Kitchen manufactures and supplies products or components for the Corelle, Corning Ware and Pyrex brands.

Pennsylvania’s recycling and reuse industry is a leader in employment, payroll and sales. More than 3,200 recycling and reuse businesses and organizations made more than $18 billion in gross annual sales, paid $305 million in taxes and provided jobs for more than 81,300 employees at an annual payroll of approximately $2.9 billion.

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