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Grant Money Available for Recycling Programs

Delaware businesses, institutions and school can receive financial help to start or expand their recycling programs from a Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control grant.

recyclingDNREC is once again offering the Universal Recycling Grant and Low Interest Loan Program, with up to $500,000 in funding available for grant proposals.

The Universal Recycling Grant and Low Interest Loan Program was created under the state’s Universal Recycling Law. The law provides a framework to ensure recycling services are available for all in Delaware, and includes the requirement that “all commercial businesses actively participate in a comprehensive recycling program no later than Jan. 1, 2014.”

The commercial sector includes any for profit or not-for profit retail or wholesale stores, offices, food service establishments, warehouses, and other manufacturing, industrial or processing activities, as well as institutions such as social, charitable, educational, health care, professional and government services.

Grant applications will be accepted through the close of business, 4:30pm on March 3, 2015. Grant and loan awards for this offering are expected to be announced in April 2015, and projects must be completed by May 2016.

Application forms and grant information are available online.

In other recycling program news, Synagro Technologies says a five-year biosolids recycling program will save city of Toledo taxpayers $900,000 annually while improving water quality in the Lake Erie watershed by reducing the use of commercial chemical fertilizer.

Photo Credit: recycling factory via Shutterstock


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