Sen. Lesser Welcomes Number of State Grants to District for Recycling and Waste Reduction


CHICOPEE — Senator Eric P. Lesser welcomed news from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection that four Western Massachusetts communities he represents have been awarded state grants to support waste reduction and recycling efforts. ““For decades, recycling has been a priority in the fight against climate change, and Massachusetts has set ambitious goals to improve waste management. These innovative programs will help our residents make a greater impact with more streamlined recycling and composting. Not only does recycling make a difference for our environment and community health, but it also supports a worthy industry in reclaiming old products that can continue to be reused,” said Sen. Lesser.

The awards include:

  • $6,000 toward a shed to house a “swap shop” in Belchertown

  • $5,500 towards a roll-off container for bulk plastics to assist Chicopee’s waste management efforts

  • $37,584 over two years to support a program that transports and recycles discarded household mattresses in East Longmeadow

  • $82,500 to support Longmeadow’s Pay-As-You-Throw program that encourages residents to recycle and compost appropriate waste

  • $35,713 to support the mattress recycling program in Longmeadow


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