For Immediate Release - October 31, 2013

Patrick Administration Awards $2.47M in Grants for Recycling, Composting and Waste Reduction to 136 Communities and Groups

BOSTON -The Patrick Administration today announced $2.47 million in grants to 136 cities, towns, regional groups and non-profit organizations to increase the diversion, reuse, composting and recycling of materials in the solid waste stream.

"Governor Patrick, working with our partners in the Legislature, has made it clear that we must reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment for future generations," Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan said. "These grants will help to achieve the goals laid out in the Global Warming Solutions Act and create jobs in the process."

The grants are funded through the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP). The SMRP offers communities, regional entities and non-profits funding for recycling, composting, reuse and source reduction activities that will reduce the amount of waste disposed in landfills and incinerators. Waste prevention and recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions by cutting methane production in landfills, thereby saving energy and increasing forest carbon sequestration.

Funds have been awarded in several categories, including: start-up incentives for Pay-As-You-Throw programs, wheeled-carts for curbside collection of recyclables and kitchen food waste for composting, large containers for collection of target materials at municipal transfer stations, funding for local recycling enforcement coordinators, school recycling assistance programs, organics capacity building projects, innovative waste reduction projects and small-scale initiatives.

Two of the SMRP grants support the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's (MassDEP) Organics Action Plan, which calls for the diversion of 450,000 tons of food and other organic materials a year from the solid waste stream. Grants for the Town of Manchester ($44,998) and the City of Salem ($30,750) will help implement curbside residential food waste collection programs.

Another grant of $56,000 is targeted for the City of Newton to implement a pilot curbside residential organics collection program to gather data from 600 households on tonnage, participation and cost to install the program city-wide. An additional $30,000 grant has also been awarded to the towns of Randolph, Braintree, Milton and Weymouth to explore the feasibility of placing a regional composting facility on state-owned land in Randolph.

"With approximately 25 percent of our waste stream made up of food waste and organics, we need to pull that material out of landfills and incinerators and compost it or generate clean energy through anaerobic digestion," MassDEP Commissioner Kenneth Kimmell said. "When we tap into the hidden energy value of food waste, we reduce local governments' costs of waste disposal, cut air emissions and harness innovative new energy sources."

Other innovative projects funded by the SMRP grants include a plan by the non-profit Wish Project of Lowell ($50,000) to use a heat treatment process to sterilize used mattresses from hotels and other institutions and re-distribute them through social service agencies to those in need. Another involves a $100,000 grant for the Town of Eastham to upgrade its transfer station to provide a location for private trash haulers operating on Cape Cod to drop off their single-stream recyclables, making recycling more cost-efficient for haulers and businesses.

"I am pleased to see the Commonwealth continue to make serious investments in recycling and reuse programs that will reduce the waste streams for cities, towns, and regional entities," said Sen. Marc R. Pacheco, Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. "These grants will limit the amount of solid and hazardous waste coming out of schools and households to protect the environment, save space in our landfills and conserve important Commonwealth resources in the process."       

"These grants benefit the Commonwealth and the environment tremendously. Thanks to Governor Patrick, Secretary Sullivan and Commissioner Kimmell, many municipalities are provided with the tools they need to reduce their solid waste," said Rep. Anne Gobi, House chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. "I commend MassDEP for their continued commitment to the partnership between the Commonwealth and our municipalities working together to better the environment."

During this SMRP funding round, a total of $535,905 has been allocated for eight conditional grants that communities can use to implement a Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) type system for curbside trash collection. The grants will be disbursed to assist with start-up costs, such as producing public education materials, and purchasing PAYT bags and recycling bins.

Thirteen communities were awarded $1,239,422 in SMRP grants for the purchase of wheeled carts for the implementation or expansion of curbside single-stream recycling. The grant provides a $10- or $15-per-cart subsidy for the purchase of carts 65 gallons or larger. Carts make recycling more convenient for residents, producing higher recycling rates and less trash.

Ten communities will receive a total of $81,269 to expand their recycling programs to collect targeted materials at municipal recycling drop-off or transfer stations. Grants are for the purchase of roll-offs or compactors for the collection of source-separated wood, carpet, "rigid bulky" plastics, mattresses, clean gypsum and source-separated food waste.

Four communities are expected to receive a total of $85,000 to support the hiring of local waste reduction enforcement coordinators to assist in enforcing mandatory recycling, compliance with single-stream recycling or compliance with existing pay-as-you-throw programs.

Four local school districts are expected to receive a total of $52,601 as part of the school recycling assistance program in order to implement or expand recycling of paper, cardboard, bottles and cans in all schools within the district.

Another 96 municipalities are eligible for $96,000 in grants - ranging from $500 for communities under 5,000 residents up to $2,000 for communities larger than 50,000 residents - to purchase items such as recycling outreach and educational materials, compost bins, outdoor event recycling containers, paper shredders for residential and small-business use, household hazardous waste collection efforts and rain barrel and kitchen scrap bucket programs.

An alphabetical list of the city, town, regional group or non-profit organizations that have been conditionally awarded a grant can be seen below. More information about the SMRP program can be seen here: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/recycle/grants/smrp-grants.htm l

Recipient / Award Type / Amount:

  • Town of Abington Enforcement Coordinators $25,000
  • Town of Agawam Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,500
  • Town of Amesbury Enforcement Coordinators $25,000
  • Town of Arlington Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,500
  • Town of Ashby Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Ashfield Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Ashland Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,250
  • Town of Athol Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,000
  • City of Attleboro Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,500
  • Town of Auburn Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,250
  • Town of Avon Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Ayer School Recycling Implementation Assistance $10,400
  • Town of Ayer School Recycling Equipment $2,400
  • Town of Barnstable Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $2,000
  • Town of Barre Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $750
  • Town of Becket Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Belmont Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,250
  • Town of Bernardston Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Billerica Wheeled Recycling Carts $100,000
  • Town of Blackstone Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $750
  • Town of Bolton Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $750
  • City of Boston Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $2,000
  • Town of Braintree Enforcement Coordinators $25,000
  • City of Brockton Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $2,000
  • Town of Brookfield Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Brookline Pay-As-You-Throw Start-up Funds $199,815
  • Town of Brookline Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $2,000
  • Town of Buckland Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Burlington Educational Materials for Curbside Recycling $3,445
  • Town of Burlington Wheeled Recycling Carts $68,900
  • Cape Cod Cooperative Ext. Massachusetts Regional Paint Initiative $30,000
  • Town of Charlemont Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Charlton Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,000
  • Town of Chatham Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $750
  • Town of Chesterfield Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Colrain Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Concord Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,250
  • Town of Conway Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Cummington Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Danvers Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,500
  • Town of Dedham Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,250
  • Town of Deerfield Targeted Small Scale Initiative* 750
  • Town of Dennis Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,250
  • Town of Dracut Wheeled Recycling Carts $100,000
  • Town of Dracut Educational Materials for Curbside Recycling $5,000
  • Town of Eastham Municipal Transfer Station Modifications to Provide Single-Stream Recycling for Private Haulers $100,000
  • Town of Egremont Educational Materials for Drop-off Recycling $394
  • Town of Egremont Compactor for Single Stream $7,500
  • Town of Erving Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • City of Everett Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,500
  • City of Fall River Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $2,000
  • Franklin County SWM Dist. Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $2,000
  • City of Gardner Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,250
  • Town of Gill Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Goshen Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Greenfield Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,250
  • Town of Groton Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,000
  • Town of Halifax Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $750
  • Town of Hanson Pay-As-You-Throw Start-up Funds $18,020
  • Town of Hanson Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,000
  • Town of Hardwick Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • City of Haverhill Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $2,000
  • Town of Hawley Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Heath Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Hingham School Recycling Equipment $5,000
  • Town of Hingham School Recycling Implementation Assistance $10,500
  • City of Holyoke School Recycling Equipment $17,755
  • Town of Huntington Educational Materials for Drop-off Recycling $375
  • Town of Huntington Compactor for Single Stream $7,500
  • Town of Ipswich Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,000
  • Town of Lakeville Roll-off Container for Clean Separated Construction and Demolition Wood $5,500
  • Town of Lakeville Educational Materials for Drop-off Recycling $1,000
  • City of Lawrence Wheeled Recycling Carts $100,000
  • City of Lawrence Educational Materials for Curbside Recycling $5,000
  • Town of Lee Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $750
  • Town of Leverett Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Lexington Roll-off Container for Carpet $7,500
  • Town of Lexington Educational Materials for Drop-off Recycling $1,000
  • Town of Longmeadow Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,250
  • City of Lowell Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $2,000
  • Town of Ludlow Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,250
  • City of Malden Pay-As-You-Throw Start-up Funds $80,110
  • Town of Manchester Educational Materials for Curbside Recycling $1,098
  • Town of Manchester Wheeled Food Waste Carts $43,900
  • Town of Marshfield Educational Materials for Curbside Recycling $4,550
  • Town of Marshfield Wheeled Recycling Carts $142,500
  • Town of Mashpee Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,250
  • MassRecycle, Inc. Increasing Materials Reuse with Reuse Alliance and Online Resources $30,000
  • Town of Medfield Educational Materials for Drop-off Recycling $1,000
  • Town of Medfield Roll-off Container for Bulky Rigid Plastics $5,500
  • Town of Medway Educational Materials for Curbside Recycling $1,957
  • Town of Medway Wheeled Recycling Carts $58,710
  • City of Melrose Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,500
  • Town of Merrimac Enforcement Coordinators $10,000
  • Town of Merrimac Pay-As-You-Throw Start-up Funds $8,080
  • City of Methuen Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,500
  • Town of Middleborough Wheeled Recycling Carts $90,000
  • Town of Middleborough Pay-As-You-Throw Start-up Funds $90,000
  • Town of Middleborough Educational Materials for Curbside Recycling $3,000
  • Town of Middlefield Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Montague Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $750
  • Town of Mount Washington Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Natick Wheeled Recycling Carts $140,745
  • Town of Natick Educational Materials for Curbside Recycling $4,692
  • Nrthrn. Berkshire SW Mgmt. Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,500
  • Town of Needham Roll-off for Mattresses $7,500
  • Town of Needham Educational Materials for Drop-off Recycling $1,000
  • Town of Needham Roll-off Container for Bulky Rigid Plastics $5,500
  • City of New Bedford Educational Materials for Curbside Recycling $5,000
  • City of New Bedford Wheeled Recycling Carts $100,000
  • Town of New Salem Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • City of Newton Residential Food Waste Collection Pilot $56,000
  • Town of North Andover Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,500
  • Town of North Brookfield Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Northbridge Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,250
  • Town of Northfield Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Norwell Pay-As-You-Throw Start-up Funds $51,300
  • Town of Norwell Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,000
  • Town of Orange Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $750
  • Town of Otis Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Pembroke Educational Materials for Drop-off Recycling $1,000
  • Town of Pembroke Roll-off Container for Clean Separated Construction and Demolition Wood $5,500
  • Town of Plainfield Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Plymouth Pay-As-You-Throw Start-up Funds $80,000
  • Town of Plymouth Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $2,000
  • Town of Provincetown Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $750
  • Town of Randolph Regional Organics Capacity Assessment $30,000
  • Town of Reading Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,250
  • City of Revere Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $2,000
  • Town of Rockport School Recycling Equipment $6,546
  • Town of Rowe Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • City of Salem Educational Materials for Curbside Recycling $750
  • City of Salem Wheeled Food Waste Carts $30,000
  • Town of Saugus Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,500
  • Town of Scituate Compactor for Cardboard $7,500
  • Town of Sharon Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,250
  • Town of Shelburne Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Sherborn Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Shrewsbury Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,500
  • Town of Shutesbury Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of South Hadley Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,250
  • Town of Spencer Compactor for Single Stream $7,500
  • Town of Spencer Educational Materials for Drop-off Recycling $1,000
  • S.Shore Recycling Coop. Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $2,000
  • Town of Stoneham Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,250
  • Town of Sunderland Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Swansea Educational Materials for Curbside Recycling $2,825
  • Town of Swansea Wheeled Recycling Carts $84,750
  • Town of Townsend Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $750
  • Town of Tyngsborough Wheeled Recycling Carts $37,950
  • Town of Tyngsborough Educational Materials for Curbside Recycling $1,898
  • Town of Walpole Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,250
  • Town of Ware Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $750
  • Town of Warwick Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Wellfleet Pay-As-You-Throw Start-up Funds $8,580
  • Town of Wellfleet Compactor for Mixed Paper $7,500
  • Town of Wendell Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of West Springfield Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,500
  • City of Westfield Wheeled Recycling Carts $100,000
  • City of Westfield Educational Materials for Curbside Recycling $5,000
  • Town of Westhampton Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Weymouth Wheeled Recycling Carts $70,000
  • Town of Weymouth Educational Materials for Curbside Recycling $3,500
  • Town of Whately Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Williamsburg Small Scale Initiative* $500
  • Town of Winchester Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $1,250
  • The Wish Project Building Mattress Reuse Capacity $50,000
  • Town of Worthington Targeted Small Scale Initiative* $500

* Targeted Small Scale Initiatives provide funding for materials and services that will sustain existing municipal waste reduction programs such as educational materials, public space recycling containers, compost bins, and other small investments that reduce solid waste or increase recycling.

MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.