Forest Lake will receive up to $67,640 and Stillwater will receive up to $68,384 during the next two years to support their curbside recycling programs.
The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved the grants to the cities on Tuesday, July 10. In 2012-13, cities and townships are eligible to receive grants for operating recycling programs. Other cities and townships will also receive grants in amounts less than $50,000, which are approved by a department head, not the county board.
Funds are used to administer the recycling program, conduct waste education in schools, and develop and promote additional recycling opportunities for residents.
The money comes from a metropolitan landfill surcharge, a state solid waste tax, and the County Environmental Charge.