BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. -

Bethlehem Township is proud of its recycling center, and is hoping a state grant can get more people to use it.

Township commissioners on Monday night authorized township manager Melissa Shafer to apply for the $7,500 grant, which will be used to hire a consultant to look for ways to expand the recycling facility and maybe use it to turn a profit.

About 1,300 people use the facility each month, Shafer said.

She said the grant could help them explore other waste-related programs, such as a single hauler system or "pay as you throw," in which people would purchase trash bags from the township.

In other business, the commissioners approved agreements with PennDOT and the Easton Suburban Water Authority connected to St. Luke's Hospital's plan to reconstruct the Freemansburg Avenue bridge over Route 33.

Township solicitor James Broughal said the agreements are part of the process of getting the construction underway. All costs however, are covered by St. Luke's.