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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.

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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