In April 2014, Governor Rick Snyder set the ambitious goal of doubling the state’s recycling rate. In support of this initiative, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is offering grants to enhance local recycling programs. The Recycling Infrastructure Grant is part of the DEQ’s Fiscal Year 2018 Sustainability Grants, which also includes Scrap Tire Cleanup Grants and Scrap Tire Market Development Grants.
A proven method for increasing recycling is ensuring that residents have convenient access to recycling opportunities. Too often, the lack of recycling collection infrastructure prevents valuable recyclable materials from becoming new products manufactured in Michigan. Offering grant funding to assist local municipalities with improving recycling collection infrastructure is an important part of implementing the Governor’s Recycling Initiative.
To assist communities with the purchase of residential recycling carts, the DEQ is offering up to $500,000 during fiscal year 2018. Cities, villages, townships, charter townships, counties, tribal governments and municipal solid waste or resource recovery authorities are all welcome to apply. Funding or program partners may be for-profit or non-profit organizations, but such entities are not eligible to receive grants. Requests for funding will be accepted through March 9, 2018.
For more information about the grants program, visit www.michigan.gov/mirecycles.