County receives grant for recycling center expansion

Venango County recently received a grant from the state for more than $300,000 for an expansion at the Venango County Community Recycling Center in Franklin.

The 902 grant for $300,286 from the Department of Environmental Protection will be used in conjunction with another grant to build on to the center and increase capacity, Erik Johnson, the Venango County recycling and solid waste coordinator, said.

Johnson said the county received a 902 grant last year from the DEP for $350,000 that must be spent by next year.

Between the two grants the county has about $650,000 for improvements at the center, Johnson said. Upon receiving each grant, the county has two years to spend the money, he added.

The plan is to build an addition to the center to increase capacity as well as additional space for storage and processing materials, Johnson said. The building project will go out to bid this fall, he added.

The DEP monies will also be used to purchase additional equipment such as bins, another baler and forklift, Johnson said.

Johnson also said many people are visiting the recycling center, and he added he had to order another bin because of demand.

About 800 tires were collected from about 50 residents at a recent collection event, Johnson said. He added that he would like to do tire collections more frequently if possible.

Household hazardous waste (HHW) and electronics collections are also starting up again, he added.

The next HHW and electronics collection at the center, located at 134 Hangar Drive in Franklin, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 30.

People are required to register for the event beforehand at or by calling (412) 567-6566.

Going forward, Johnson said he plans to hold the collections quarterly due to the cost.

Additional information about the July 30 event is available on the recycling page of the county’s website,