Plastics Recycling Update

State provides funding for recycling equipment

Officials estimate that 20 projects receiving grants will collectively divert an additional 15,400 tons of post-industrial and post-consumer plastic from landfills each year. | ImagineStock/Shutterstock

North Carolina recently awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to help plastics recycling companies invest in new equipment.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) provided nearly $666,000 in recycling business development grants to 20 companies. Nine of those businesses are directly involved in processing scrap plastics:

Grant recipients are required to invest at least a 50% cash match. For this 2020 round, the grants to the companies above total $337,000, and those grant recipients plan to invest $1.41 million of their own money.

The projects above will enable an estimated 15,400 tons of post-industrial and post-consumer plastic to be diverted from landfills each year, according to NC DEQ.

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