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Resource Recycling highlights recent industry related grant awards and opportunities. If your company or organization has a funding opportunity to share, contact [email protected] to be included here.

Dec. 1, 2020: The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) announced a new grant program focused on funding community composting. A total of $1.35 million will be available through the Community Composting for Green Spaces Grant Program. CalRecycle has provided a $1.35 million grant to the California Alliance for Community Composting (CACC), which will work to disseminate the money to composting composting grant applicants in six regions around the state. The money comes from California’s greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program. Applications must be submitted by Dec. 15.

Nov. 30, 2020: The nonprofit group Zero Waste Washington announced the main prize winners of the first Pacific NW Zero Waste Innovation Hackathon. According to a press release, the grand prize was awarded to a University of Oregon team that developed a plan for managing the lightly used furniture generated by the hospitality sector. Second prize went to a team at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. that developed a plan for repurposing retired electric vehicle batteries. Third prize went to a University of British Columbia team that developed a suite of potential solutions for reducing food waste. A total of 15 student teams participated in the hackathon, which provides a five-week training program with zero waste business ideas. They competed for cash prizes of up to $2,500. 

Nov. 30, 2020: The state of Michigan awarded nearly $1.6 million in grants to support recycling in Washtenaw County, which includes the city of Ann Arbor. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) awarded $1.58 million in recycling infrastructure grants to six public and nonprofit organizations. The largest of the newly announced grants was $458,000 to the Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority to purchase plastics sorting equipment and a new truck, allowing the authority to add commercial and municipal customers. The sum also includes a previously announced $800,000 grant to the nonprofit group Recycle Ann Arbor to help pay for the retrofit and reopening of the city’s MRF. The industry-led Every Bottle Back Initiative also kicked in $800,000 recently for that project.

Nov. 30, 2020: The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is accepting applications for funding from the Recycled Fiber, Plastic, and Glass Grant Program. Businesses may apply for the money, which comes from the state’s greenhouse gas emissions cap-and-trade program. The deadline to apply for the fiscal year 2019-20 grants is Jan. 14, 2021. Last year, CalRecycle awarded nearly $12 million in program grants to five companies involved in plastics recycling.

Nov. 16, 2020: The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is accepting applications for grants to help organizations increase their use of recycled materials. According to a press release, a total of $400,000 is available for this round of market-development grants. Preference will be given to projects that involve the following priority materials: glass, mixed paper, organics, PET and plastic film. In a change from previous rounds, colleges and universities are now eligible to receive the grants, according to the MPCA. Additionally, applications must also address how projects support environmental justice. Applications are due Jan. 8, 2021.

Nov. 5, 2020: Case Western Reserve University received a $2.5 million federal grant to research ways to improve plastics recycling using both chemical and mechanical processes. The grant is part of the $27 million worth of funding the U.S. Department of Energy announced last month in connection with its “Plastics Innovation Challenge.” The department is supporting the development of recycling technologies and easily recycled polymers.

Oct. 29, 2020: The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) provided a $161,000 grant to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to study the use of otherwise-landfilled plastics in pavement. The research “seeks to create high-value and high-volume products from plastic waste for bitumen (asphalt binder) replacement in pavements.” According to EREF, with 4-5% replacement of bitumen, the market has the potential to consume 1 million tons of plastics that would otherwise go to landfills each year. 

Oct. 28, 2020: The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) awarded $3.2 million in grants to 269 municipalities and regional solid waste districts. The money, which came through the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP), will help support recycling, composting and waste-reduction programs, according to a press release. The funding was distributed in a couple of different ways: 227 communities qualified for payments ranging from $2,450 to $97,500 under the Recycling Dividends Program, which recognizes municipalities that implement policies and programs proven to maximine materials waste reduction, reuse and recycling. Another 42 municipalities that didn’t apply or qualify for that funding were awarded payments between $500 and $2,000 (amounts were based on population) through the Small-Scale Initiatives Grant program.

Oct. 27, 2020: The Foam Recycling Coalition provided a $50,000 grant to Collier County, Fla., allowing the local government to add foam polystyrene drop-off collection. The money will go toward buying a foam densifier, train employees, and provide community education and outreach. The county’s program will focus on receiving foam food trays, colored foam and white bulk packaging foam from local commercial businesses and residents, according to a press release

Oct. 22, 2020: The Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) will provide grants to MRFs to buy equipment to effectively separate used beverage cans (UBCs). According to a press release, CMI-funded research shows that about 25% of UBCs are missorted at a typical MRF. The grant program, which will disperse money in 2021, is funded by can manufacturers Ardagh Group and Crown Holdings. For information on the program, contact CMI’s Scott Breen at [email protected].

Oct. 20, 2020: The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) awarded $1 million in Recycling Market Development Program (RMDP) grants to eight public and private organizations. According to a press release, the largest grant, nearly $479,000, went to Recycling Works Inc. to help pay for upgrades to its materials recovery facility (MRF), including installing a new system feed/presort conveyor, OCC screen, glass-breaker system, medium polisher system, and optical sorters for fiber and containers. Funding for the program comes from a per-ton fee on garbage disposed of at landfills.

Oct. 15, 2020: The New Mexico Recycling Coalition (NMRC) received a $88,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to divert material from landfills in communities of 10,000 residents or fewer. The funding, which flowed through the USDA’s Rural Utilities Services, will help pay to establish reuse centers, backyard compost trainings, repair clinics and zero waste activities, according to NMRC. 

Oct. 15, 2020: The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) will award up to $4 million in cap-and-trade funds as grants to reduce food waste. The department will accept applications for grants of $150,000 to $300,000. Local governments, businesses, nonprofit groups, tribes and others are eligible to apply, according to a press release. The state wants to fund projects that divert usable food to people in need, reduce hunger relief costs to local governments, create “green jobs,” and help meet the statewide 2025 target to recover at least 20% of food previously landfilled. Applications are due by Nov. 20.

Oct. 8, 20202: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is accepting applications for grants to help pay for recycling coordination, education, planning and promotion projects. The applications are for matching grants to pay for projects completed in 2021. The state will reimburse up to half of the cost of eligible projects. Applications are due by 3 p.m. Eastern time on Oct. 30. 

Oct. 8, 2020: The Recycling Partnership announced partnerships with 10 U.S. cities, awarding them $2.7 million in grants to educate residents and provide new lidded recycling carts. The cities, which serve 1.3 million households, are Baltimore; Detroit; Houston; Omaha, Neb.; Philadelphia; Portland, Ore.; San Diego, Calif.; Tacoma, Wash.; Tucson, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. Representatives from those cities attended the The Recycling Partnership’s inaugural Leadership Summit in June 2019. Officials from 50 cities were invited to that event, which was sponsored in part by the PepsiCo Foundation, the Walmart Foundation and Target.

Oct. 5, 2020: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded Troy University a $3.5 million grant to fund the school’s continued research of methods to recycle personal protective equipment (PPE). The three-year grant is the third NIST has awarded to the Alabama university’s Center for Materials and Manufacturing Sciences. The university in April first announced the center would focus research on recycling PPE and recycling plastics into new PPE.

Oct. 1, 2020: The U.S. EPA announced it plans to award $3 million in funding to 12 organizations for anaerobic digestion projects. According to a press release, EPA will award grants to organizations in Arlington, Texas; Atlanta; Boca Raton, Fla.; Bozeman, Mont.; Carlisle, Pa.; Chicago; Columbia, Mo.; Davis, Calif.; Liverpool, N.Y.; Northampton, Mass.; Oxnard, Calif.; and Pullman, Wash. The grants are part of the federal government’s Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative.

Sept. 16, 2020: Unilever brand Love Beauty and Planet launched a grants initiative awarding up to $100,000 to projects reducing carbon emissions. The brand’s grant program, which runs through the end of the year, will award between $1,000 and $20,000 for projects that improve recycling rates, reduce plastic waste and/or sequester carbon emissions, with a particular focus on projects serving marginalized and underserved communities, according to a press release. “Communities of color and low-income communities are disproportionately impacted by climate change, and to us, a more beautiful planet starts with one that is both clean and just,” the release states. Projects must be located in the U.S. Applications are currently being accepted.

Sept. 15, 2020: The New Mexico Recycling Coalition (NMRC) received an $88,000 grant from the federal government to reduce waste in rural New Mexico. The money will help establish reuse centers, backyard composting projects, fix-it clinics and zero waste activities in towns of under 10,000 people. The grant, which is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Services Solid Waste Management Grant Program, will be matched with about $53,000 worth of in-kind support from NMRC and partners. In other Land of Enchantment news, the New Mexico Environment Department awarded over $776,000 in grants for projects related to recycling, dumpsite cleanup projects, scrap tire collection, HHW collection and more. The Recycling and Illegal Dumping (RAID) grants are funded by a fee on motor vehicle registrations. 

Sept. 14, 2020: Portland, Maine-based recycling organization Ecomaine is accepting applications for its 2020-21 round of Recycling Grants. The funds are designed to raise recycling awareness in schools and communities and to help schools fund recycling and composting projects. Any school from Ecomaine’s 70 member communities can apply through Oct. 30. 

Sept. 11, 2020: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has provided a $5.75 million grant to establish the New York State Center for Sustainable Materials Management. The center, which will be the first of its kind in the U.S., will focus on waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting. It will be led by the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry, which is providing $1 million of the money to Syracuse University to conduct statewide outreach and education.

Aug. 31, 2020: For the 2020 round of funding, the Massachusetts Recycling Business Development Grant program will target the recycling of container glass, commingled recyclables, C&D debris, textiles, food scraps and mattresses. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is now accepting funding applications from recycling processors and manufacturers. Grants will be between $50,000 and $400,000 each. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Eastern on Nov. 20. 

Aug. 18, 2020: The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) provided a $140,000 grant to the Oregon Food Bank to divert food from landfills to people in need. The money will cover the cost of transporting and repackaging more than 2 million pounds of fresh produce from West Coast growers and processors. COVID-19 has reduced demand from restaurants and other customers, according to a press release, and without the funding, much of the food would likely be composted or disposed of in landfill.  

July 27, 2020: The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) and The Recycling Partnership jointly awarded $800,000 in grants to Michigan municipalities to help them reduce contamination. According to a press release, the money was awarded to 14 grantees, which represent over 300,000 households total. The money will fund both operational and educational strategies to reduce contamination. Projects will begin this summer and continue through the end of 2021.

July 24, 2020: The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is accepting applications for the 2020 round of General Materials Management grants. A total of $600,000 is available to fund projects reducing impacts across the full life cycle of materials and products. “The life cycle of materials and products includes product design, raw material extraction, manufacturing, transport, consumption, use, reuse, repair, recovery through recycling, composting or anaerobic digestion, and disposal,” according to a DEQ notice. Applications are due Oct. 2. Additionally, on July 29, Metro, a regional government that covers the Portland metropolitan area, will open its 2020 Investment and Innovation program grants. Metro expects to award up to a total of $500,000 through that program this year.

July 22, 2020: The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) awarded $125,000 in grants to repair and reuse organizations. The 2020 Workforce Development Repair and Reuse grants were awarded to 13 for-profit and nonprofit businesses around the state. Those businesses handle a variety of items, including appliances, bicycles, electronics, textiles, tools, shoes, sports equipment and more. According to a press release, the funding covers wages and benefits for new or current employees, training and equipment. “Some grantees intend to use funding to make their business model and operations more responsive to the demands of the pandemic,” the release states. 

July 7, 2020: The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) awarded a dozen solid waste reduction grants totaling nearly $190,000. Awarded to cities, counties and private entities, the money will go toward funding waste-reduction education as well as recycling and composting, according to a press release. The money comes from a $1 per ton garbage tip fee. 

July 7, 2020: The Polypropylene Recycling Coalition will provide capital to help sorting facilities install equipment for PP recovery. The coalition, which is a project of The Recycling Partnership, will provide money to materials recovery facilities (MRFs) for optical sorters, robots, conveyors, or other equipment or facility improvements needed to allow the sorting and marketing of PP. In addition, some of the grant proceeds can be used to educate the public about the acceptance of PP in that community’s recycling program. According to the request for proposals (RFP), funding is currently anticipated to be capped at $500,000 per grant, not counting an additional $75,000 that can be awarded for outreach. Applicants should expect to make their own cash expenditures, and they are encouraged to seek matching grants from other sources, the document notes. Grant applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis, with no deadline to apply.

June 25, 2020: The North Carolina Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service (DEACS) is offering grants to residential recycling programs that have been stopped or impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The money, available to local governments and private recycling businesses, funds equipment and/or other resources to support programs, particularly those recycling materials such as paper, plastic, metals and glass. Applicants can request up to $20,000. They must provide a cash match of at least 20%. DEACS will accept applications on an ongoing basis while funding is available. Applicants should speak with a DEACS representative about viable grant projects before submitting.

June 19, 2020: Kentucky awarded nearly $4.7 million in grants to local governments to support recycling, composting and household hazardous waste management. The commonwealth’s Energy and Environment Cabinet awarded nearly $2.5 million for recycling, over $1.4 million for composting and $800,000 for household hazardous waste (HHW). Money for the grants comes from the Kentucky Pride Fund, which collects money from a $1.75-per-ton landfill tipping fee.

June 15, 2020: The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment is accepting applications from jurisdictions in the state’s Front Range region for waste diversion grants and technical assistance. The department’s Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability announced its first request for applications under the new Front Range Waste Diversion (FRWD, pronounced “forward”) program. FRWD was approved by the Colorado legislature last year. The program, which is funded by increased landfill tip fees, provides grants and technical assistance to communities to support recycling, composting and waste-reduction efforts. Applications are due Aug. 10, 2020, with written inquiries due by July 6 and July 20. 

May 20, 2020: The U.S. EPA is accepting applications for grants to fund projects aimed at diverting organics from landfills by expanding anaerobic digestion capacity in the U.S. The EPA anticipates awarding up to $3 million in total anaerobic digestion funding, with individual projects in the range of $50,000 to $300,000. Government agencies, including tribal governments, and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Applications are due July 14, 2020. 

May 11, 2020: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications from local governments interested in hosting Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction (CCFWR) pilot projects. The USDA will support projects that develop and test strategies for creating municipal composting and food-waste reduction plans. The USDA has $900,000 available for the efforts. Applications are due June 26, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

May 4, 2020: The ReFED program has launched a grant fund to quickly provide funding for organizations that can reduce food waste and support hunger relief. The creation of the ReFED COVID-19 Food Waste Solutions Fund comes as the pandemic has resulted in food destruction on farms, food business closures and a growing number of food-insecure people. ReFED anticipates awarding a total of at least $1 million in grants over the next 30 years, and it hopes to raise up to an additional $10 million in donations that can be awarded as grants in following months. Grants will average about $50,000 each. ReFED will consider applications on a rolling basis. The first application period ends May 18.

April 30, 2020: The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is accepting applications for Sustainable Materials Recovery Program grants. Municipal governments, regional groups and nonprofit organizations can apply for the grants, which fund recycling and composting equipment purchases, mattress recycling, pay-as-you-throw programs, education and enforcement coordinators, school recycling, waste reduction enforcement, and organics capacity development. Applications can be submitted through Re-TRAC Connection through June 10. 

April 22, 2020: The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is accepting applications for waste reduction grants to fund projects geared toward public education and outreach, waste reduction, composting, reuse and recycling. Local governments, schools, nonprofit organizations and businesses are eligible to apply for the Solid Waste Reduction Grants. The department’s Bureau of Waste Management will accept applications through May 15. 

April 15, 2020: The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is accepting applications for Recycling Market Development Program grants. Projects should focus on reuse, reduction and recycling, and applications can come from businesses, local governments, schools and nonprofit organizations, according to the department. Grants can range from $10,000 to $500,000, but awardees must provide a 50% cash match. Applications are due May 29, 2020. 

April 14, 2020: Two U.S. EPA regions are announcing the availability of funding. The Sustainable Materials Management Section in EPA Region 2 (New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) will accept applications for sustainable food management or C&D debris management. Funded projects must benefit Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. EPA expects to issue one to three grants totaling $100,000. The application deadline is May 1, 2020. Additionally, EPA Region 5 (Great Lakes Region) will provide funding to support market development for recycled plastics and paper, as well as funding for programs addressing food waste. The EPA anticipates awarding three to four grants totaling $100,000 to $150,000. The deadline to apply is April 30. 

March 31, 2020: The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is accepting applications for workforce development grants to support repair and reuse activities. DEQ expects to award up to $80,000 total. Applications are due Friday, June 5. 

March 27, 2020: The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) awarded $15.8 million to six composting and anaerobic digestion projects around the state. CalRecycle’s acting director approved the following grants: $3 million to Pacific Recycling Solutions (doing business as Organics Solutions) for a composting project in Mendocino County, $3 million to SANCO Services for an anaerobic digestion project in San Diego County, $3 million to Northern Recycling for a composting project in Yolo County, $800,000 to the city of Manteca for an anaerobic digestion pre-processing project in San Joaquin County, $3 million to Butte County for a composting project, and $3 million to HZIU Kompogas for a composting and anaerobic digestion project in Los Angeles County. The grant money comes from the state’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.

March 23, 2020: The Foam Recycling Coalition (FRC) is accepting applications for grants to purchase foam polystyrene recycling equipment. FRC, which is part of the Foodservice Packaging Institute, has awarded nearly $820,000 in grants to communities and businesses in the U.S. and Canada over the past five years, according to a press. Applications for the upcoming round of grants are due May 1 for priority consideration.

March 16, 2020: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will provide up to $25 million for the development of efficiently recycled polymers and improved recycling processes. Funding is available to support R&D in two different areas: highly recyclable or biodegradable plastics, and energy-efficient recycling processes that break down plastics into intermediate chemicals, which can then be used in higher-value products. Initial applications, which take the form of a concept paper, are due April 22. Full applications are due June 18.

Feb. 26, 2020: Alameda County, Calif. public agency StopWaste is accepting applications from businesses and nonprofit groups with ideas to reduce waste. A total of $400,000 is available in grant funding. Grant categories include reuse and repair, food waste reduction, waste prevention equipment and community outreach. The deadline to apply is March 17, 2020.

Jan. 21, 2020: The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) awarded $192,000 to be spread across 24 mattress collection sites throughout California. The money will be used for infrastructure improvements or equipment purchases to increase the recyclability of discarded mattresses and box springs or to boost efficiency and improve safety, according to a press release. Examples of items and projects funded include weather coverings, cement pads, mobile loading ramps and forklift attachments to help with storage and loading.

Dec. 16, 2019: The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) awarded $600,000 to 17 organizations to promote reduction, reuse and recycling. “The grants help support partnerships between community-based organizations and environmental groups; and many of the projects serve economically distressed and historically underserved communities, which supports DEQ’s commitment to environmental justice,” according to a press release. The money comes from the DEQ’s Materials Management program, which has provided over $9 million in grants since 1991.

Dec. 10, 2019: The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection awarded $40,000 in grants to help fund recycling projects statewide. “Collectively, these projects are designed to help promote community awareness about the importance of protecting our diverse natural resources through ‘reducing, reusing and recycling,'” according to a division press release. The following organizations will receive funds in 2020: Carson City School District, greenUp!, Liberty High School, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and Yerington High School. The money comes from a $1 fee charged for each tire sold in the state.

Dec. 4, 2019: National nonprofit Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation are accepting applications for grants to purchase recycling bins for public spaces. Online applications will be accepted through Dec. 31. This year the Keep America Beautiful/Coca-Cola Public Spaces Recycling Bin Grant Program distributed bins to 31 organizations in 19 states. 

Nov. 26, 2019: The Ohio EPA provided a $30,000 grant to Clark County, Ohio to help purchase a $40,000 polystyrene foam densifier. The county will use it to process blocks of protective foam packaging for products such as electronics and appliances but not food packaging or packing peanuts, according to the Springfield News-Sun

Nov. 23, 2019: Alabama’s Troy University received a $2.7 million grant for plastics recycling research from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Last year, the university was awarded a $2.3 million NIST grant for plastics recycling research, according to WSFA News, an NBC affiliate.

Nov. 18, 2019: The Recycling Partnership has provided the city of Pittsburgh a $500,000 grant to purchase recycling carts, according to The city is transitioning away from blue bags for recyclables. The city has also been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Nov. 14, 2019: Nonprofit recycling and waste-to-energy organization ecomaine awarded $25,000 to schools to support landfill diversion programs. The group gave grants to 20 recipients through its 2019-20 School Recycling Grants program. “We had far more requests for funding than we’ve ever had before,” CEO Kevin Roche stated in a press release. “I’m encouraged by the thoughtfulness and enthusiasm Maine’s students and educators bring to these important projects. And I’m thrilled that ecomaine can be a part of each of them.”

Oct. 21, 2019: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is accepting applications for its state-funded market development initiative. Colorado NextCycle is an incentive program that encourages businesses to manufacturing their products using recovered materials. “Colorado NextCycle helps to identify teams with ideas for developing or improving recycling end markets in the state,” according to a press release. “It also provides a supportive atmosphere for innovative thinking, and partnership development, and nurtures viable end-market business ideas to fundable, shovel-ready status.” The department released a “jump kit” with criteria and instructions for applying to participate in the program.

Oct. 18, 2019: The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) awarded $2.2 million in funding to companies recycling scrap tires. The department provided the money to seven entities recycling crumb rubber into products including tiles, shingles and traffic cones, according to a press release. The funding flowed through CalRecycle’s Tire Incentive Program, which reimburses California businesses based on sales of products containing recycled rubber from tires, providing an incentive to them to competitively price and market their products. The money comes from a $1.75 fee consumers pay when they buy new tires.

Oct. 10, 2019: Georgia nonprofit group Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful (GC&B) has received a $10,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to produce reusable bags with recycling tips in multiple languages. The money will be used to manufacture what are called Green Communities bags. The tips printed on them will be designed to help reduce contamination, according to

Oct. 9, 2019: The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) awarded $2.9 million in grants to help communities maximize recycling, composting and waste-reduction programs. The Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) funding went to 262 municipalities and regional solid waste districts, according to a press release. Of those, 219 communities qualified for funding under the “Recycling Dividends Program,” which rewards communities that have taken steps to ensure high-performing recycling and waste-reduction programs. Another 43 municipalities were awarded “Small-Scale Initiatives Grants,” which are based on population and help grantees buy recycling materials and outreach tools.

Sept. 30, 2019: The North Carolina Recycling Business Assistance Center (RBAC) is accepting applications for 2020 Recycling Business Development Grants. Projects involving collection, processing or end use of materials in the solid waste stream are eligible for funding. Companies can receive up to $40,000 for standard projects or $60,000 for priority projects. They must provide at least a 50% cash match. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Nov. 14.

Sept. 27, 2019: The Foam Recycling Coalition gave the Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority (SOCRRA) of Michigan a $50,000 grant to add a foam densifier to its materials recovery system. The equipment will allow SOCRRA to better manage drop-off EPS collection. Made up of 12 municipalities, SOCRRA provides one of only three foam PS drop-off locations in the greater Detroit area. SOCRRA will also add a bin to its MRF’s presort line to recover foam that would otherwise be disposed of as residue. 

Sept. 25, 2019: The Coca-Cola Foundation awarded the city of Newark, N.J. a $140,000 grant to fund a recycling education campaign starting this fall. The pilot project will be modeled after The Recycling Partnership’s outreach strategies used in cities across the country, according to a press release. It will include bus shelter signs, digital advertising, in-home postcards and updates to the city’s recycling website. The Recycling Partnership is working closely with the city on the campaign.

Sept. 16, 2019: Nonprofit recycling organization Ecomaine is accepting applications for its 2019-20 round of School Recycling Grants. Schools can receive up to $5,000 for their projects. A total of $25,000 is available. Applications are due Oct. 25

Sept. 12, 2019: National nonprofit Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation will fund the distribution of public space recycling bins to 31 organizations around the country. The groups announced this year’s recipients of the Coca-Cola Public Space Recycling Bin Grants. The recipients included Keep America Beautiful community-based affiliates, government agencies, colleges and universities and Native American tribes in 19 states. Over the past 13 years, the program has donated over 3,7000 recycling bins to communities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 

Sept. 10, 2019: The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) is accepting applications for grants to expand and improve mattress drop-off locations in California. The group, which operates the Bye Bye Mattress Program, will take applications for its second round of funding awards. According to a press release, the money will provide weather protection and other collection site efficiencies that lower costs and improve safety. Up to $10,000 is available per site. The deadline to apply is Nov. 15. During the first round of funding, MRC provided $120,000 to 15 collection sites. The group has over 200 sites across the Golden State where residents can drop off their mattresses and box springs for free. 

Sept. 4, 2019: The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) awarded more recycling infrastructure grants, this time totaling $1.23 million. The department (formerly the Department of Environmental Quality) gave grants to Bay City, the Branch County Conservation District, Flint, Forgotten Harvest, Isabella County, Lansing/East Lansing cities, Orion Township, Sanilac County and the Wayne County Airport Authority. Those jurisdictions are all in the Lower Peninsula. On July 31, EGLE announced $1.5 million in grants to Upper Peninsula municipalities, and on July 29 it announced two grants totaling $1.3 million for recycling infrastructure in Northwest Michigan.

Sept. 3, 2019: Kent County, Mich. has received a $95,000 grant to support its project to develop a business park for companies that will divert materials from landfill. The county’s Department of Public Works received the grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The money will help with planning the 250-acre Sustainable Business Park, which will be located adjacent to the South Kent Landfill. 

Aug. 28, 2019: Food waste prevention grants totaling $1 million have been awarded by The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation. The seven grants, the first of their kind to be awarded by the foundation, ranged in size from $25,000 to $250,000 per project. A massive owner of grocery store chains, Kroger has committed $10 million for the grants.

Aug. 6, 2019: The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection’s (NDEP) Recycling Program has $40,000 in grant funding available for projects to support the reduction, reuse and recycling of solid waste, as well as increase public awareness about the importance of conserving natural resources. Municipalities, nonprofit organizations, school districts, the Nevada System of Higher Education and other public institutions may apply. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. on Sept. 12. The money comes from a $1 fee charged for each tire sold in the state.

July 9, 2019: Paint stewardship group PaintCare will provide $100,000 grants to two companies so they can develop their ideas for recovering difficult-to-recycle latex paint. PaintCare gave the grants to Sacramento, Calif. company Visions Recycling and Englewood, Colo. company GreenSheen. The money will help develop technologies for recycling paint in unmarketable colors or paint that’s dried or spoiled.

July 1, 2019: The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will open its 2019 Materials Management grant funding round for projects that prevent, recover or reuse solid waste. The agency plans to award up to $600,000 in funding. The application period opens July 19 and closes Oct. 4.

June 11, 2019: The group Rethink Food Waste Through Economics and Data (ReFED) is accepting applications for its newly launched Nonprofit Food Recovery Accelerator, a project supported by the Walmart Foundation and in partnership with +Acumen, which provides leadership development training. “The Accelerator aims to catalyze ideas and inspire actions that will lead to a doubling of healthy food available to the 40 million Americans facing food insecurity,” according to a press release. Ten nonprofit food recovery groups will be selected to participate, each receiving $25,000 for participation and a travel stipend. An additional $100,000 will be awarded to one or multiple winners. Applications are due July 10.

May 14, 2019: Six grants have been awarded to reduce contamination rates around Ohio. The Recycling Partnership announced that nearly $211,000 will be provided for public education and outreach in six communities: Akron, Centerville, Cincinnati, Columbus, Fairfield and Lorain. In addition to The Recycling Partnership, participants in the project include the Ohio EPA, solid waste management districts, MRFs, haulers and cities. Waste Management, Republic Services and Rumpke MRFs are all participating and investing in the project, according to a press release.

April 25, 2019: The Recycling Partnership is currently accepting applications for grants to help launch cart-based curbside recycling in communities across the U.S. For the 2019 round, there is no minimum community size requirement and funding available is increasing from $7 per cart to $15 per cart. Additionally, if a community isn’t ready to roll out carts to all households, The Recycling Partnership will consider awarding grants for other cart-distribution approaches.

April 18, 2019: PepsiCo Recycling will provide funding to 27 colleges and universities for sustainability initiatives, including projects to support recycling. This is the third year of awards from the company’s Zero Impact Fund. PepsiCo doubled the number of grants this year. Among the initiatives highlighted in a press release were a project to install a recyclables baler at Georgia College & State University and an effort at Furman University to address food waste.

April 8, 2019: Dow and Keep America Beautiful are accepting applications from communities wanting to start Hefty EnergyBag programs. Through the programs, hard-to-recycle plastics such as multi-layer flexible packaging, foam containers, and others are deposited in orange bags collected at the curb. They are then sent to various markets for energy recovery. A total of $125,000 is available during this grant cycle. Applications will be accepted through July 12, 2019.

March 5, 2019: The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has boosted the amount of money available in recycling infrastructure grants this year. MDEQ increased total funding from $500,000 to $3.7 million. The deadline to apply is May 1.

Feb. 26, 2019: The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) provided a total of $600,000 in grants to 83 local government for the managing of scrap electronics. The money comes from fees paid to the state by electronics manufacturers selling their products in North Carolina. The money helps offset e-scrap collection and shipping costs incurred by cities and counties.

Feb. 25, 2019: The Recycling Partnership is accepting applications from recycling professionals who need financial assistance to attend the 2019 Resource Recycling Conference, which will be held in August in New Orleans. This is the fourth year of the Steve Thompson Memorial Grant program, which is offered by The Recycling Partnership in association with Resource Recycling, Inc. The grants pay for conference registration, a two-night hotel stay, and travel reimbursement up to $500. Grant applications are due by Monday, April 1.

Feb. 25, 2019: The Kroger Co. is accepting letters of intent for its food waste prevention grant program. The company, which owns grocery chains across the country, launched its Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Innovation Fund. Kroger will award grants ranging from $25,000 to $250,000 per project, prioritizing emerging technologies and ideas focused on food waste prevention. A total of $1 million is available. Letters of intent are due March 4.

Feb. 19, 2019: Submissions are now being accepted for a plastics competition that will help kickstart commercialization of new materials; waste reduction and recycling efforts; and innovative product delivery systems. Focused on addressing the ocean plastics problem, the Plastics Innovation Challenge is presented by The Klosters Forum in partnership with Think Beyond Plastic Foundation. Three winners will each receive a prize of $25,000 in seed funding and a place at the 2019 Think Beyond Plastic accelerator. They’ll also be invited to present at Think Beyond Plastic’s annual Investor Forum. Applications will be accepted through April 30.

Jan. 29, 2019: The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality awarded $1.3 million in grants for litter cleanup, recycling and public education. Total funding was awarded in three categories: Public Education Awards ($827,000), Recycling Grant Awards ($424,000) and Cleanup Grant Awards ($50,000). The grant pool is generated by a fee charged to certain manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers of products that commonly contribute to litter. The Columbus Telegram newspaper reported on how one of the grants will support the financially struggling nonprofit group Keep Columbus Beautiful.

Jan. 29, 2019: California is accepting applications for funding through its Recycled Fiber, Plastic, and Glass Grant Program. The program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts cap-and-trade dollars toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment. The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) will take applications for the recycling grants until Thursday, Feb. 28.

Jan. 15, 2019: National stewardship group PaintCare launched its Innovative Recycling Grant Competition, created to accelerate the commercialization of technologies for reusing leftover latex house paint. The group will conduct three separate grant competitions using funding from programs operating in California, Colorado and Connecticut. The winner of each will be awarded up to $100,000 to develop their ideas. Applications are due by March 22.

Jan. 4, 2019: More than $14 million in grants have been awarded to local governments across New Jersey through the state’s Recycling Enhancement Act that’s funded by disposal tipping fees. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection allocated the funds for projects that will improve a community’s recycling rate by implementing curbside collection, increasing outreach, providing compost service, adding public-space recycling options, hiring additional staff and more.

Nov. 29, 2018: The Coca-Cola Foundation awarded $500,000 to the Southeast Recycling Development Council (SERDC) to be used in boosting recycling in that region. The money will be dispersed through a recycling infrastructure grant program, and it will provide funding for carts, MRF upgrades, collection vehicles and other core projects to expand materials recovery. Money will be allocated over the next two years. Recipients will be required to complete funded projects within 18 months of the grant agreement.

Nov. 28, 2018: The Nevada Department of Conservation & Natural Resources awarded nearly $68,000 in grants to fund waste reduction, reuse and recycling projects, as well as efforts to boost public awareness about the importance of conserving natural resources. The money came from a $1 fee charged on tire purchases in the state. The department provided grants to six government and nonprofit organizations.

Nov. 21, 2018: The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is offering a total of $500,000 in Recycling Infrastructure Grants in 2019 for recycling programs. The money can be used by public and nonprofit organizations to transition from bins to carts; install public space recycling receptacles; create or improve drop-off depots; improve existing infrastructure; or launch recycling projects targeting schools, multi-family housing, food waste and electronic scrap. Applications are due by March 1, 2019.

Nov. 19, 2018: Since it began two years ago, a Massachusetts grant program has led to the recycling of more than 50,000 old mattresses and box springs, according to The Boston Globe. In 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection launched the Mattress Recycling incentive program, which has provided nearly $1 million to 43 municipalities to help them divert the items from landfill. Recycling is done by three state-contracted companies: Raw Material Recovery Corp., United Teen Equality Center and Ace Mattress Recycling.

Nov. 16, 2018: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is accepting letters of intent for the Colorado NextCycle program, which provides grants, coaching and data to help teams refine end-market business proposals for recycled materials. Cross-sector teams composed of manufacturers, secondary materials processors, compost operators, venture capitalists, incubators, universities or others can download a ‘jump kit’ and review instructions on the NextCycle web page. Letters of intent will be accepted through Dec. 14.

Nov. 15, 2018: National nonprofit Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation are accepting applications for grants to purchase recycling bins for public spaces. Online applications will be accepted through Dec. 30. Now in its 12th year, the Keep America Beautiful/Coca-Cola Public Spaces Recycling Bin Grant Program has awarded more than 36,000 public space recycling bins. The 2018 program will distribute 4,500 bins.

Nov. 5, 2018: The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection awarded more than $1 million to boost recovery of hard-to-recycle materials. The six companies receiving the grants are involved in the recycling or reuse of glass, wood, plastics and mixed recyclables. The recipients are 120 Old Boston Road Recycling Co., Aaron Industries, Casella Waste Management, JM Equipment, Champion City Recovery and United Material Management.

Oct. 5, 2018: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced it will accept applications for money to help reimburse local governments’ costs of collecting and recycling scrap electronics. A total of $900,000 is available. Applications will be accepted Jan. 1, 2019 through Feb. 28, 2019.

Sept. 27, 2018: U.S. EPA has provided an $85,000 grant to The Recycling Partnership for recycling education in Minnesota. The money will help fund the “Empowering Minnesota Residents to Recycle More and Better” project, which will provide recycling coordinators with messaging for the public and recycling literacy training. The grant came from EPA Region 5, which covers the Great Lakes region.

Sept. 17, 2018: Portland, Maine-based nonprofit recycling and waste-to-energy operation ecomaine is accepting applications for school recycling grants of up to $5,000 each. A total of $25,000 is available. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 19.

Sept. 3, 2018: The Alabama cities of Tuscaloosa and Northport have received recycling grants from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management’s Alabama Recycling Fund, according to Tuscaloosa News. Tuscaloosa received just over $200,00 to install collection containers for glass and other recyclables, as well as to purchase a truck and trailer. Northport received just over $92,000 to start a curbside collection program.

Aug. 30, 2018: The RecycleCT Foundation in Connecticut awarded nearly $100,000 in innovation grants to a number of public and nonprofit entities. The foundation was created by legislation in 2014, and its mission is to support education, promotion and actions that lead to increased waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting/organics recycling.

Aug. 20, 2018: The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $2.6 million in recycling grants to 247 cities, towns and solid waste districts. In addition, the department unveiled a “Recycle Smart” public education effort.

July 19, 2018: The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality has awarded $1.9 million to 32 recipients through the state’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grant Fund. The grants, which are funded from tip fees and other sources, have been awarded to the city of Lincoln for personnel costs and an education campaign, the University of Nevada, Lincoln Public Schools, the Lincoln-Lancaster Health Department and other entities.

July 16, 2018: The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is accepting applications for 2018 materials management grants. Local governments, schools, nonprofit groups, and federally recognized tribal nations can apply for projects that promote waste prevention, reuse and recovery. The deadline is Sept. 28.

June 29, 2018: The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is accepting applications for funding through its Recycling Business Development Grant (RBDG) program. The program is intended to help recycling processors and manufacturers create sustainable markets for eligible materials. For this grant cycle, those materials include container glass, commingled recycled handled by MRFs, mattresses, C&D wood and bulky rigid and plastics Nos. 3-7. The deadline for applying is Oct. 5.

June 28, 2018: The Recycling Partnership has uploaded application information for 2018 Cart Grants. The group provides $7 per recycling cart (up to $500,000) plus $1 per household for outreach (up to $50,000). Communities with more than 4,000 households are eligible. The Recycling Partnership also provides grant recipients with technical assistance and educational materials. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

June 20, 2018: The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is accepting proposals for grants to fund organics management and recycling initiatives. Public and private entities may apply for grants of up to $4,000 for food scrap pilot projects or up to $30,000 for recycling and organics management projects. Applications are due Aug. 15.

June 12, 2018: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has awarded $4 million for food waste reduction and organics diversion projects. The DEC grants go to large generators of food scraps, such as supermarkets, restaurants and hospitals, allowing them to expand their ability to donate still-edible food or divert food scraps to composting and anaerobic digestion operations.

May 24: The Chittenden Solid Waste District in Vermont is accepting grant applications for projects that help create or improve markets for mattresses, tires, and/or glass aggregate from Chittenden County. A total of  $40,000 is available through the Recycling Market Development Grant program. The deadline to submit proposals is 2 p.m. on July 18.

May 21, 2018: The state of Kentucky has awarded nearly $5 million to support recycling, composting and management of household hazardous waste. The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management awarded 46 recycling, five composting and 27 household hazardous waste grants. The money comes from the Kentucky Pride Fund, which gets its funding from a landfill disposal tip fee of $1.75 per ton.

May 3, 2018: More than 900 recycling bins will be installed in parks across the country this year as part of the Dr Pepper Snapple Group/Keep America Beautiful Park Recycling Bin Grant Program. The program awarded 34 grants with a total distribution of 936 public space recycling bins. The funding effort is now in its sixth year.

April 17, 2018: The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NY DEC) has awarded a total of $8.5 million to municipalities to offset recycling-related costs. The money, which was awarded in 175 separate payments, covers the cost of recycling programs and equipment, as well as costs to collect and manage household hazardous waste and scrap electronics. The money was given out between April 1, 2017, and March 31, 2018.

April 5, 2018: The Nebraska Environmental Trust awarded funding to recycling-related projects across the Cornhusker State. Among the 2018 grant recipients was the Nebraska Recycling Council, which announced on May 3 that it had received nearly $293,000 for its “Recycling Equipment Grants and Consultation” project. Other funds will go to projects to collect and recycle electronics, purchase equipment for collecting and baling recyclables, education efforts, and more.

April 4, 2018: Hefty EnergyBag grants applications are open to municipalities, nonprofit groups, MRFs and other organizations. The deadline to apply is June 15.

March 22, 2018: California officials awarded more than $410,000 in grants for the use of scrap tires in civil engineering projects. According to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), the money will be used by four counties – Riverside, Sacramento, Santa Barbara and Tuolumne – to recycle about 666,000 tires into a tire-derived aggregate for construction projects.

March 13, 2018: PepsiCo Recycling’s Zero Impact Fund will award 19 colleges and universities up to $10,000 each to help them accomplish their environmental goals, including through recycling. The 19 schools were chosen from more than 60 applications. The program is in its second year.

Feb. 5, 2018: The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has awarded nearly $1 million in business development grants to six recycling companies. The funding, provided through the Recycling Business Development Grant (RBDG) program, will go toward better processing and management of food scraps, wood and bulky plastics.

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