November 18th 2015 BOSTON – Representative David K. Muradian, Jr. (R-Grafton) is excited to announce that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has awarded the Town of Grafton over $100,000 in grants for recycling and waste reduction.
The grants are funded through the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP), which was created under the Green Communities Act and is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (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 incinterators. Waste prevention and recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions by capturing the embodied energy in every-day product and packaging waste and converting these sources into new products with a smaller carbon footprint.
“Recycling reduces the waste stream, saves money on disposal costs, cuts greenhouse gas emissions, creates renewable energy, and stimulates the economy,” stated Governor Charlie Baker. “Through these grants, we hope to encourage local recycling efforts that will help Massachusetts meet its ambitious environmental goals.”
The Baker-Polito Administration released $3.57 million in grants to 80 cities, towns, regional groups, and non-profit organizations to increase the diversion, reuse, composting, and recycling of materials in the solid waste stream. The Town of Grafton will receive $98,000 for wheeled recycling carts for expansion of the Town’s curbside collection of recyclables.
A new mattress recycling incentive has also been established in the Commonwealth in order to encourage recycling of residential mattresses. Ninety percent of a mattress’ components is recyclable, yet very little mattress recycling occurs in Massachusetts. This program will award Grafton a $14,300 stake in the program, allowing the Town to access one of the three companies in the Commonwealth who recycle mattresses. None of the money will be directly provided to the town, however, as the funds are to be used as a credit within the program.
“These grants will go so far to help Grafton expand their recycling program so that the Town can continue to contribute to maintain the health of our planet,” stated Rep. Muradian. “I also want to thank the Administration for its help in establishing a program helping to recycle mattresses and keep these hard-to-handle items out of the waste stream. All of the programs being supported by these grants are important to a sustainable future for our community, our Commonwealth, and our country.”
Any constituent who wishes to speak to Representative Muradian or his staff please call (617) 722-2240.