The county's recycling program stands to lose a significant amount of state funding during the upcoming grant cycle, according to Elk County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner.
"They are going to be cutting the amount of 904 funding that we can expect to get by about 40 percent and we're looking at losing at least $5,000," Titchner informed members of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority on Tuesday afternoon.
Referred to as a '904 grant,' the funding comes from Section 904 of Act 101 and is designated for Recycling Program Performance Grants. According to the website of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), "Recycling Program Performance Grants are available to all Pennsylvania local governments with recycling programs. The grants awards are based on the total tons recycled and the applicant's recycling rate."
Following the meeting, Titchner indicated that the county typically receives about $13,000 in 904 grant funding.