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PENNSYLVANIA HONORED FOR ITS COMMITMENT TO RECYCLING AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

PENNSYLVANIA HONORED FOR ITS COMMITMENT TO RECYCLING AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second time in three years, Pennsylvania has won top honors in City & State newspaper's annual environmental achievement awards, this time for the Commonwealth's national leadership in recycling -- in particular for its development of markets for recyclables.
 City & State, a national newspaper for state and local governments, lauded the Commonwealth's market development program, headed by Lt. Gov. Mark S. Singel, as best in the nation in its October edition.
 Pennsylvania was honored by the publication in 1990 for developing a comprehensive in-house recycling program for hundreds of state offices.
 "Just four years ago, we developed the largest recycling program in the nation, proving that each state can do its part to tackle our national garbage crisis," Gov. Robert P. Casey said. "Today, our recycling program is closing the loop by proving that businesses and government can work together to create jobs and clean the environment by using recyclables."
 The governor has been asked to accept the award on Nov. 30 at the National League of Cities convention in New Orleans.
 "Pennsylvania's recycling program represents government at its finest," said City & State Editor Ellen Shubart. "An innovative market development program is luring new recycling businesses to the state, and ensuring that recyclables collected by 654 local recycling programs find their way to the state's traditional glass, aluminum, and steel manufacturing plants."
 Casey signed the state's mandatory recycling law in 1988, requiring communities with more than 5,000 people to develop curbside recycling programs. At the same time, the Governor's Recycling Markets Development Task Force was launched to ensure that markets are developed for recyclables collected by the hundreds of new recycling programs.
 The task force, which Singel chairs, has worked successfully with communities and private businesses to develop new markets for recyclables, including the decision by Graham Recycling to open the world's largest plastics recycling facility in York County in 1990. Graham announced last week that it plans to expand the facility to process more plastic bottles received by Pennsylvania's recycling programs.
 The task force also has worked with the departments of Commerce and Environmental Resources to secure the use of old newspaper as animal bedding; convert a Clinton County paper mill to produce office paper from recycled newspapers and magazines; site a proposed newspaper de- inking facility in a former Bucks County steel plant; develop a glass processing plant in Clarion County; provide $1.2 million in funding for a similar glass facility in Lehigh County; and secure support of the state's newspapers to use increased amounts of recycled newsprint.
 Singel announced in August that the state has earmarked an additional $10 million in loans, grants and programs for businesses that want to build or expand facilities in Pennsylvania that use recyclables. The announcement already has generated more than 200 calls of interest from businesses throughout the nation.
 The funding will come from a $2 fee assessed on each ton of waste disposed at a state landfill or municipal waste incinerator. The fund already has provided nearly $80 million to local communities to develop recycling programs.
 Shubart said it is Pennsylvania's commitment to work with private businesses and local communities that makes the state's recycling program superior to all others.
 "No state works as hard as Pennsylvania to ensure that recycling works." Shubart said. "It is a virtual green machine, improving both the state's economy and its environment."
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