One Lehigh County township has been rewarded by the state for its recycling programs.

South Whitehall Twp. recently received a state grant of $250,000 by the Department of Environmental Protection's Recycling Performance Grant Program.

“South Whitehall Township is being rewarded for its efforts in helping to keep our communities clean by reducing the amount of waste in our landfills through recycling,” said State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh/Berks). “Communities that support and encourage recycling are protecting our environment, while helping ensure a cleaner and brighter future for our region.”

The recycling grant program began in 1988, established under Act 101, the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act.

Under this law, municipalities with more than 10,000 residents must have recycling programs.

The grant program are available to all Pa. municipalities with established recycling program.s

This year, the state awarded $17.8 million in recycling grants to 131 municipalities.