Hingham will receive a $50,000 state grant to support solid waste reduction and recycling program, Rep. Garrett Bradley (D-Hingham), and Sen. Robert Hedlund (R-Weymouth) announced on Tuesday.
The State Department of Environmental Protection’s Sustainable Material Recovery Program, awarded the competitive grant to the town. MassDEP received applications from 140 municipalities, regional groups and non-profits, totaling $4.95 million in requested funds. Hingham is one of 118 recipients to receive a share of $2.07 million in funding.
Rep. Bradley thanked DEP Commissioner Kenneth Kimmell for awarding Hingham the grant, and praised the Department of Public Works and Long Range Waste Disposal and Recycling Committee for their continued waste reduction efforts.
“I was pleased that the Green Communities Act we passed in 2008 is providing local towns with the resources they need to encourage recycling,” Bradley said in a statement. “When we reduce the amount of solid waste that is sent to a landfill, it helps the environment and saves taxpayer money as well.”
Senator Hedlund was also very appreciative that Hingham was chosen.
“By helping communities to expand recycling opportunities, we are empowering cities and towns to save money while potentially creating green jobs, all while positively impacting the environment, this is exactly the type of investment government should be making,” Hedlund said. “I am also encouraged by the collaborative spirit these funds represent, Hingham identified a program to assist the town in its recycling efforts, and DEP to their credit recognized the need in the community, hopefully we will see the expansion of regional projects like this that have a positive impact.”