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A steel awning was placed over the baier at the recycling center last year, paid for by funds from a grant from the state’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Six recycling programs across Nevada received grants from the state’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

About $67,500 in grant funding was awarded for projects to increase recycling, public awareness and the importance of conserving natural resources and other recycling related projects.

The funding comes from the Solid Waste Management Account that received $1 per tire for each tire sold in Nevada. Ely was one of those six programs to be awarded.

The Recycling Center received $8,296.50 to enhance the City of Ely’s existing recycling center with six new signs to clearly instruct residents on where to recycle what materials and a steel awning to cover the existing cardboard storage area. The recycling drop-off is located at the entrance to the landfill, and impacts an estimated 4,062 households and 442 businesses in White Pine County.

Several other counties around Nevada such as the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, Sierra Nevada College and Yerington High School received grant funding as well.

Mayor Melody VanCamp said, “This is the second year in a row we have applied and received this funding, we are so thrilled.”

Vancamp noted the funding will put a cover over the cardboard area and protect it from the elements, and keep debris from blowing all over, keeping everything contained and clean.

“It’s our mission to improve the recycling experience,” Vancamp said.

The City of Ely received the same grant funding last year in the amount of $5,225.00 for the steel awning over the recycling baler. This provided a more efficient process for recycling center personnel staff while protecting cardboard and paper from water damage.