Recycling grant applications must be submitted by Oct. 8
Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010 9:03 pm
NASHVILLE — The De-partment of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Solid Waste Management is accepting applications for recycling equipment grants. Grant applications are due Oct. 8.
Recycling equipment grants are available to local governments and non-profit organizations working with local governments. Grant funds may be used to purchase key pieces of equipment to establish new recycling programs, to improve existing operations or to prepare recyclable materials for transport or sale. The grant program helps encourage recycling and reduces the amount of solid waste going into Tennessee landfills.
This grant program was authorized by the Solid Waste Management Act of 1991 and is funded by the Tennessee Solid Waste Management Fund. The fund, which is administered by the Department of Environment and Conser-vation, receives its revenues from a state surcharge on each ton of municipal solid waste disposed of in landfills and from a fee collected from new tires sold in Tennessee.
Equipment purchased through Recycling Equip-ment Grants can include roll-off containers, skid loaders, shredders, balers, scales and other items. Local governments receiving recycling rebates are not eligible for this grant offering. Each recipient is required to match the state grant on a sliding scale basis.
The application deadline for the Recycling Equipment Grants is close of business on Oct. 8. For more information or to obtain applications, call Loretta Harrington at (615) 532-0086, Larry Christley at (615) 532-0744 or visit the website at www.tn.gov/environment/swm/grants/forms.shtml.
Published in The Messenger 8.30.10