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Lynn receives grant to fund recycling coordinator

LYNN – Legislators representing Lynn said Wednesday the city has been awarded a $35,000 grant to fund the state-mandated position of a recycling enforcement coordinator.The grant provides $15,000 for fiscal year 2008 and $20,000 for fiscal year 2009. It allows for the hiring of a mandatory recycling enforcement coordinator, according to Rep. Mark Falzone.The grant is designed to bolster local community efforts on waste management issues, he said, noting that Lynn is one of four communities to receive direct assistance for this type of program.Falzone, along with Reps. Steven Walsh and Robert Fennell, announced the grant, one of several Municipal Technical Assistance Awards from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which works to fund public waste and recycling projects.”This grant is a great win for Lynn. A good recycling plan is critical to our environmental efforts and reducing city waste, which will result in a cleaner, more enjoyable Lynn and save the city significant trash disposal expenses,” Falzone said. “The hiring of a recycling coordinator will go a long way towards these efforts.”Walsh added, “This is a great step in promoting a cleaner, healthier environment in Lynn. Hopefully we can continue the trend of finding cheaper and cleaner waste removal options for the city.”The DEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.

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