Tennessee agency awards recycling grants

Department of Environment and Conservation awards $2.3 million to boost recycling in the state.

January 21, 2014
Recycling Today Staff
Municipal / IC&I

The state of Tennessee’s Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) has awarded $2.3 million in recycling equipment and hub/spoke grant money for fiscal year 2014 projects.

Bob Martineau, DEC commissioner, says, “We are pleased to fund these projects through the state’s Solid Waste Management Fund. These grants promote and increase recycling across the state and engage partnerships among counties and municipalities.”

Recycling Equipment Grants may be used to purchase equipment for new recycling programs, improve and expand the operation of an existing site or prepare recyclables for transport and marketing.

Grants may be awarded to counties, cities, nonprofit recycling organizations and solid waste authorities to help reach or exceed the goals set forth in the Solid Waste Management Act of 1991, the DEC says. Each recipient is required to match the state grant on a sliding scale basis. Local matching funds toward these 12 projects total more than $115,213. A total of $238,635 were awarded under the Recycling Equipment Grants program. Click here to view the recipients.

The state of Tennessee’s DEC also announced recipients of grants under the state’s Recycling Hub and Spoke Grants program. This grant program has been developed to develop and expand regional facilities to collect, transport and process recyclables for multiple counties and municipalities. The project’s purpose is to increase recycling between counties and municipalities by promoting greater regional cooperation, the DEC says. Matching funds are not required for the Recycling Hub and Spoke Grants. A total of $2.13 million in grant money was awarded through the Hub and Spoke program. Click here to view the recipients.