Three local governments will benefit from state grant funding through the Commonwealth's Recycling Performance Grant Program, Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) said.

"Recycling is a bustling business in Pennsylvania," Pickett said. "Not only does recycling help reduce the waste in landfills but it also creates jobs and market expansion. It is gratifying to see so many people and businesses recycling, which has so many ecological and economic benefits."

Susquehanna County will use its $23,501 grant as a 50 percent reimbursement of the county recycling coordinator's salary and expenses.

In addition, Towanda Borough has been awarded $1,475 and Dushore Borough has been granted $408 to help with their recycling programs. The grant amounts are based on the amount of recycling within the municipality during the 2010 calendar year. Population is also a factor in the amount of the grants.

The grant program, administered by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), is designed as incentives to help Pennsylvania communities increase the amount of material being recycled. These grants are in addition to those offered by DEP to establish and maintain recycling programs.

Submitted by Rep. Tina Pickett.