In an effort to obtain $20,000 in Performance Grant funding from the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), City Council was asked to consider offering an annual curbside garden waste collection in order to become 100 percent compliant with Recycling ACT 101.
Tina Gradizzi, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) coordinator for St. Marys, explained the details of the project during Monday evening's council meeting. At that time, she also conducted a brief public hearing describing the 2012 CDBG program.
"One item that we haven't fulfilled with DEP is that we need to do something about yard waste, tree branches and tree limbs - garden waste," said City Manager Dave Greene. "We don't know where this is going to go with DEP. If we don't do it, what's the next step, are they going to fine us? We've slowly been coming into compliance over the last eight years."
"They're withholding grant funding from us from 2007 because we don't offer a limb and garden waste retrieval," Gradizzi said.
She explained that because St. Marys is a third class city with a population in excess of 10,000, the city is mandated to follow Pennsylvania's Recycling ACT 101.