The Recycling Partnership, Falls Church, Virginia, has released its latest grant request for proposals (RFP). Geared toward counties, municipalities, tribes and solid waste authorities with 4,000 or more households seeking to upgrade to cart-based curbside recycling collection, awardees will receive up to $7 per cart in grant funding, tailored educational materials paired with a communications grant and technical assistance.
In a change from past grant rounds, this funding opportunity will not have a cutoff date but instead will be an open, rolling process for as long as funds are available. However, The Recycling Partnership says it encourages interested communities to apply as early as possible to allow ample time for preparation prior to cart launches.
Successful applicants must provide comprehensive curbside recycling collection programs, meaning all homes that receive curbside garbage services must receive a recycling cart to be eligible for this grant. The application must be submitted with letters of recommendation. More details and eligibility requirements can be found at https://therecyclingpartnership.app.box.com/s/jb881f18dbh6tkge8kfojh260uzgn764. Potential applicants may email questions to Technical Assistance Specialist Justin Gast at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This marks our third annual RFP for carts,” says Cody Marshall, The Recycling Partnership vice president of technical assistance. “To date we’ve helped leverage more than $20 million worth of new infrastructure and place 400,000 new recycling carts in communities across the country. We’re pleased to take this funding to the next level, assisting even more communities.”
Past awardees include such cities as St. Paul, Minnesota; Greenville, South Carolina, East Lansing, Michigan; Portland, Maine; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Richmond, Virginia.
“The time and effort put forth by The Recycling Partnership’s staff was really the most important part of this grant,” says Shirlene Sitton, Environmental Services Division director for the city of Santa Fe. “They were respectful of our timeline and budget, clearly helping us take our program to the next level. We couldn’t be happier.”
Marshall adds, “Not only do we hope to share best management practices with our community partners; but [also], during the process, we capture new and improved best practices that can be shared with future grantees and the broader recycling community.”
The Recycling Partnership focuses on two key areas in the recycling industry: increasing access and reducing contamination. These grants work on both items, the organization says. “Recycling roll carts can reliably capture 450 pounds of clean recyclables per household per year on average,” Marshall says. “They also bring collection efficiencies and improved worker safety. We’re eager to help more programs realize those benefits while also keeping a keen eye on ensuring contamination rates low.”