Recycling and composting program grants available for municipalities

Posted March 02, 2011, at 2:10 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine State Planning Office, through its Waste Management & Recycling Program, has announced the availability of competitive grant funds to assist with the implementation or expansion of municipal recycling and composting efforts.

The grant program is designed to help municipal recycling programs increase their ability to capture more materials, with a focus on corrugated cardboard, and also to develop or expand leaf and yard debris composting operations.

“Municipalities have been providing recycling and composting services for their residents and businesses for over 20 years and this grant program recognizes those commitments and is aimed at helping improve those services,” said Tim Glidden, acting director of the State Planning Office.

Eligibility for the grants includes municipalities or publicly supported solid waste programs, with priority given to regional programs. Approximately $300,000 is available, with individual grant awards not exceeding $25,000. A local match of at least 15 percent of the total grant amount is required. Local match options include certain in-kind contributions as well as cash.

Applications must be postmarked no later than April 14 or delivered to the State Planning Office by 4 p.m. on April 15. Faxed or e-mailed submissions will not be accepted. Applications are available at the State Planning Office’s website, maine.gov/spo/recycle.

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