Notification was received yesterday from the Department of Environmental Protection that Derry Township was awarded a $240,345 grant that was applied for to replace the tub grinder at the Recycling Center. The new tub grinder replaces a 22-year old grinder that served the Township well beyond its life expectancy.

The tub grinder is essential to the services that are provided by Derry Township. Trees and limbs throughout the Township are collected and brought to the Recycling Center by the Department of Public Works crews and residents and ground into mulch made available to residents at no charge. It is estimated that 20-30 thousand cubic yards of brush are put through the grinder each year making 5-10 thousand yards of mulch.

The grinder has been a valued asset during recovery clean-up efforts following weather related disasters, ridding roadways and properties of storm-related wood debris. Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Marc Moyer said, “The tub grinder was a necessity following the aftermath of Tropical Storm Lee and after several ice storms that caused a staggering amount of damage to trees. Residents were able to place fallen limbs at the curb for collection by the Township.”

Director of Public Works Tom Clark said, “This purchase was long overdue and we could not have received this funding without the hard work of Lauren Zumbrun, Economic Development Manager, who worked diligently to put together a winning application.”

The funding, provided through the Act 101, Section 902 Recycling Development and Implementation Grant enabled the Township to purchase a diesel fueled DuraTech Model 3010 Industrial Tub Grinder at no cost to the Township.