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Alabama DEM selects local groups to receive $2 million in recycling grants.

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (Alabama DEM) announced that it has selected local groups that will receive more than $2 million in recycling grants for 2011.

This year's bring the total awards by the agency to almost $5 million in funding to enhance recycling in municipalities across Alabama in the past three years, the department said. Alabama DEM spokesman Scott Hughes said the grants can be used to start new recycling programs or enhance existing local recycling programs.

The grants are made possible through the Solid Wastes and Recyclable Materials Management Act passed by the Alabama Legislature in 2008, Hughes explained. The act imposed a $1 per ton fee on all solid wastes disposed of in Alabama landfills. Part of the proceeds went to create the Alabama Recycling Fund, which provides the foundation for the department to award the recycling grants annually.

This year's grant funds will support the purchase of balers, compactors, recycling trailers, recycling bins, collection trucks, roll-off containers, and other equipment that will make recycling more convenient for Alabama citizens. Grant funds also will support education and outreach efforts to encourage citizens to participate in their local recycling programs.

In announcing its plans to award the grants, Alabama DEM said that recycling and reusing waste materials "provides environmental benefits by decreasing the amount of solid waste material that is sent to landfills, which conserves landfill space and reduces the need to construct new landfills." "Recycling also provides economic benefits as Alabama has over 25 manufacturers that rely heavily on using recycled materials in their production processes and employ over 10,000 men and women," the department said.

Contact: Scott Hughes, (334) 260-4500

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Date:Jun 13, 2011
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