At the end of April, the Wolf administration awarded nearly 160 county and municipal governments with $30.5 million in Recycling Development and Implementation grants.
Elk County, one of the recipients, received $219,902. Ridgway Borough also received $212,025.
Bekki Titchner, director of the Elk County Recycling Center in St. Marys, said the most important component of this grant is the installation of a fire suppression system, something the building is currently lacking.
From March 2020-March 2021, the waste and recycling industry reported 302 facility fires in the United States and Canada.
The ECRC hopes to have the fire suppression system installed later this year.