Funds Will Support Recycling Carts, Pay-As-You-Throw and Food Waste Collection Efforts
BOSTON –The Patrick Administration recently announced $12.8 thousand in grants to the Ayer-Shirley School District to increase the diversion, reuse, composting and recycling of materials in the solid waste stream in school recycling assistance programs. In an attempt to uniform the recycling system in schools, the majority of the funding will be used for hiring part-time staffers that will oversee the implementation of new recycling bins and signs to direct and educate students.
“I applaud the Patrick Administration for providing these helpful grants for the Ayer-Shirley public schools to help improve recycling in public schools,” said Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton). “Our schools play a critical role in our community to teach the importance of recycling, and how that connects to protecting the environment as a whole.”
“Municipalities across the Commonwealth have worked tirelessly on energy efficiency and waste disposal cost reduction projects. I am delighted to see the state provide various cities, and towns with the financial resources to implement these plans,” said Representative Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg). “I am also excited that one of the 136 community recipients is within the 37th Middlesex District. The town of Ayer receiving $12,800 in funds, in order to acquire school recycling implementation assistance and purchase recycling equipment for the Ayer-Shirley Regional School District, is terrific for the community. This recycling program will help teach younger generations the importance of waste reduction. Investing in educating our youth and involving them in our mission to reduce waste streams will certainly have a lasting impact on our environment.”
“Governor Patrick, working with our partners in the Legislature, has made it clear that we must reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment for future generations,” Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan said. “These grants will help to achieve the goals laid out in the Global Warming Solutions Act and create jobs in the process.”
The grants are funded through the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP). The SMRP offers communities, regional entities and non-profits funding for recycling, composting, reuse and source reduction activities that will reduce the amount of waste disposed in landfills and incinerators. Waste prevention and recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions by cutting methane production in landfills, thereby saving energy and increasing forest carbon sequestration.
Funds have been awarded in several categories, including: start-up incentives for Pay-As-You-Throw programs, wheeled-carts for curbside collection of recyclables and kitchen food waste for composting, large containers for collection of target materials at municipal transfer stations, funding for local recycling enforcement coordinators, school recycling assistance programs, organics capacity building projects, innovative waste reduction projects and small-scale initiatives.