Senator Eldridge, Representatives Benson & Harrington Announce Environmental Grants Awarded to Ayer

adobe-spark8BOSTON – Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton), Representative Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg), and Representative Sheila Harrington (R-Groton) announce that the Town of Ayer was recently awarded grants from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to boost the Town’s mattress recycling program and food waste management.

“Recycling and reducing the amount of waste disposed in landfills is an important part of reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton). “I’m proud to represent municipalities who are dedicated to reversing the destructive effects of climate change, and I’m happy that Ayer was awarded funds to help with its recycling and food waste management efforts.”

Ayer was awarded $4,000 for mattress recycling and a total of $4,000 for food waste collection efforts under the Commonwealth’s Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP). This is the second round of grants awarded this year through the SMRP, which was created under the Green Communities Act and is administered by MassDEP. The SMRP offers funding for recycling, composting, reuse, and source reduction activities that will reduce the amount of waste disposed of in landfills and incinerators.

“I appreciate that MassDEP has awarded Ayer these grants to help expand their recycling programs,” said Representative Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg). “This funding will allow the town to recycle more waste and provide more services to their residents.”


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