Sometimes our customers tell us they were able to get their recycling or waste management equipment partially paid for by a grant. The grants that are available vary greatly by state and need, but there are a number of grants and state assistance programs available if you put the time into researching and applying. The grants may be part of a regional effort to get people to beautify their communities, green their businesses, or empower the schools.
Although this list is by no means all inclusive, we wanted to share some recycling equipment resources with you to help you obtain funding with a grant. If you are aware of other recycling or waste management grant resources, please let us know in the comments. We would love to add to this list!
Regional Recycling Equipment Grant Resources
Alameda County (California) Stop Waste Partnership – Recycling Grants and Mini-loans
Would a grant or low interest loan help your business or organization send less waste to the landfill? Whether your need is in the hundreds or tens of thousands of dollars, StopWaste offers funding for projects of all sizes, with flexibility and streamlined applications.
Arkansas Department Of Environmental Equality has three distinct grant opportunities for computer and electronic waste, e-waste, and recycling. All three include eligibility for both government entities and private businesses.
The State of California’s Cal Recycle offers funding for grant, payments, and loan program in a wide variety of categories including beverage container recycling, greenhouse gas reduction, farm and ranch clean up, household hazardous waste cleanup, local conservation corps, law enforcement agencies, and more.
The Florida Department Of Environmental Protection offers both grants and loans to local governments and small businesses in the recycling industry.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) offers grant assistance totaling $1 million through its Recycling Market Development Program (RMDP).
Kentucky Waste Management Grants
Here is a list of some of the recycling and waste management grants available through the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection.
The Massachusetts Department Of Environmental Protection offers a Recycling Business Development Grant. This program helps Massachusetts recycling processors and manufacturers create sustainable markets for eligible materials. Selected applicants receive grant awards of between $50,000 and $400,000.
Nebraska State Recycling Association Recycling Equipment Grants
The Nebraska State Recycling Association has grant funds available for the purchase of recycling equipment up to $15,000. The grant is open to Nebraska municipalities and other government entities, non-profits and recycling companies.
New Hampshire Grants for Recycling Equipment and Recycling Programs
New Hampshire communities are eligible to apply for funding from New Hampshire the Beautiful to assist with the purchase of recycling equipment. Grant applications are considered on an individual basis and funding may be up to one-half the purchase price of the equipment. These grants are to help fund the purchase of curbside collection bins, balers, crushers, roll-off containers and other equipment that will help a community achieve higher diversion rates.
New York State State Assistance Programs for Waste Reduction and Recycling
NYSDEC administers state assistance programs for waste reduction, recycling and household hazardous waste (HHW) programs. Funding is provided on a 50% reimbursement rate for eligible costs.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offered over $4 million dollars in grant assistance in 2019. Those funds were awarded to local governments, businesses, and non-profit organizations.
South Carolina Recycling Grants Program
DHEC’s Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling (Office) is responsible for assisting counties, municipalities, schools as well as colleges and universities of South Carolina in achieving their source reduction and recycling goals.
Tennessee Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste Management – Recycling Equipment Grant
The recycling equipment grant is an excellent way for local governments and non-profit recycling organizations working with local governments to purchase key pieces of recycling equipment. Items traditionally purchased under this grant include: roll off containers, skid loaders, shredders, scales, and assorted styles of collection containers.
Where to find more recycling grant opportunities
Start with a simple Google search of regional recycling grants. For example, right here in Minnesota, a search of “Minnesota Recycling Grants” yields several results, including Business Recycling Grants in Hennepin County and BizRecycling, an initiative that helps businesses, non-profits, schools, and institutions in Ramsey and Washington County recycle better.
When looking for grant opportunities for recycling equipment and programs, look to your local city, county, and state governments. Each geographical area is different, so leave no stone unturned. You can also talk to your state’s recycling or waste management association to see if they have grants available or can help to point you in the right direction. Grants.gov is a great place to look for any type of grant opportunity available, as you can search by keyword, categories, eligibility, and more.
Are you aware of other grant resources or opportunities in your area? Please share in the comments below! Also, if you have had success in getting Harmony Enterprise’s recycling equipment funded by a grant, we would love to hear from you!
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