Butler County Receives $210,000 State Recycling Grant

Butler County was recently awarded a $210,000 state grant to support and expand a paper shredding business that provides job opportunities for visually impaired local residents, according to Senator Scott E. Hutchinson.

The Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act grant will be used to purchase capital equipment for Out of Sight Shredding, a non-profit employment training program of The Blind Association of Butler and Armstrong Counties.

“This grant benefits the environment by increasing the amount of paper stock that can be recycled,” said Senator Hutchinson. “It also improves the quality of life in our local community by providing jobs for visually impaired residents.”

Out of Sight Shredding provides secure document destruction where confidential paper is collected, shredded, baled and ultimately recycled through a secure process. The grant, administered by the state Department of Environmental Protection, will allow the company to purchase the equipment to allow it to increase the volume of paper it accepts for secure document destruction and recycling.

“Our employees at Out of Sight Shredding are very excited about the grant funding, which will enable the expansion and upgrade of equipment to collect more materials to process that will likely increase work hours by 3100 hours annually,” said Jennifer Bindernagel, Executive Director at The Blind Association of Butler and Armstrong Counties. “The services we provide are secure and environmentally conscientious and we are proud of that.”

Contact:          Justin Leventry           (717) 787-9684

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