Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) and Representative Paul K. Frost (R-Auburn) announced that the Town of Auburn has been awarded a municipal grant through the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Sustainable Material Recovery Program (SMRP). The funding has been awarded to towns that operate recycling, composting, reuse and source reduction activities that increase the diversion of municipal solid waste and household hazardous waste.

“I applaud the Town of Auburn on receiving the Massachusetts DEP’s Sustainable Material Recovery Program grant,” stated Senator Moore. “The town’s continued commitment to increasing recycling and reducing hazardous waste has resulted in cost-savings for the town and a continued effort to protect the environment. This grant award will ensure that Auburn will continue to have a positive impact in protecting the environment.”

Rep. Frost added, “Auburn’s commitment to recycling and reducing hazardous waste deserves to be recognized. I’m pleased they received this grant to continue to help their noble efforts.”

The Town of Auburn will receive $1,250 for a target small scale initiative.

The SMRP was created under the Green Communities Act and state environmental protection regulation which direct a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Waste Energy Certificates to recycling programs approved by MassDEP.

In total, 137 recipients were awarded $2.47 million. A full list of recipients can be viewed at www.mass.gov/dep.