Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced recently that Carbon County will receive over $30,000 under the County Recycling Coordinator Grant Program of Act 101 of 1988.

"The goal of this law is to reduce Pennsylvania's municipal waste generation and recycle at least 25 percent of waste generated, obtain and use recycled and recyclable materials in state governmental agencies and educate the public as to the benefits of recycling and waste reduction," said Heffley.

The total the county will receive is $31,318.40, which is a reimbursement of a portion of expenses associated with operating its recycling program.

Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, explained that the money will cover a portion of the department's salaries, but it is still a long way off from helping the county operate the program efficiently.

Last week, the board of commissioners voiced their concerns about the future of the recycling program because state and federal funding cuts, a reduction in profits from the sale of commidities, and aging equipment that needs frequent repairs have caused major financial burdens on the program in recent years.

Over the last two weeks, the commissioners had to transfer a total of $20,000 $10,000 each week into the Department of Solid Waste's account to cover payroll and other bills. It also gave the department a $20,000 loan earlier this year.

Carbon County is still waiting to hear back on two other grants that involve the recycling program, including a $250,000 grant to help purchase a new recycling vehicle.

The commissioners are now weighing their options on the future of the program operations, which serves about 25,000 of the 65,000 county residents.

Act 101 of 1988, known as The Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act, mandates recycling in Pennsylvania's larger municipalities and requires counties to develop municipal waste management plans, and establishes guidelines for grants.