Baker-Polito Administration Awards $500,000 in Recycling Business Development Grants
Funding to Help Businesses Better Manage Packaged Food Material
BOSTON - The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded $500,000 in grants to three companies under the Commonwealth's Recycling Business Development Grant (RBDG) program that will enable them to better process and manage packaged food material. The grant program, administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), will enable companies in Mansfield, North Grafton and Westborough to expand their recycling operations and increase the amount and quality of recycling now occurring across the Commonwealth.
"Recycling plays an important role in the Massachusetts economy, employing thousands of people and converting recyclable materials into valuable end-products," said Governor Charlie Baker. "Continuing to advance opportunities to increase recycling not only helps protect our environment, but also creates jobs and stimulates the economy."
"Earlier this year, MassDEP was selected to receive an Environmental Merit Award from EPA New England for the Commonwealth's work to reduce food waste," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "Our commitment to reducing the disposal of unwanted food has been reinforced with this round of grant funding. We are building our infrastructure to better manage organics and, in the process, protecting our environment, creating greener energy and supporting economic growth."
The RBDG program, which targets difficult-to-recycle materials, including glass, mattresses and packaged food, is funded through the sale of waste-to-energy credits. This round of grants funded projects that promote the recovery of packaged food with processes that maximize the use of both the packaging and the food material. As a condition of receiving funding, grant recipients commit to meeting tonnage goals over a two-year period.
"These businesses exemplify the innovative Massachusetts business environment, and are making a positive impact on our environment," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. "Investments like this not only support the growth of viable Massachusetts businesses, but also help us reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment for future generations."
"As individuals, one of the more impactful things we can do to protect our natural resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions is to fully participate in community recycling efforts," said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. "Under this program, these businesses complement our individual efforts and add value to the environment and our economy."
The grant recipients are:
CRMC Bioenergy, LLC - Up to $200,000
CRMC Bioenergy, LLC of Mansfield, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CommonWealth Resource Management Corporation (CMRC), owns and operates the existing CRMC Bioenergy Facility at the Crapo Hill Sanitary Landfill in Dartmouth. CRMC is seeking funding to add the ability to source and accept bulk materials in the quantities required to support the planned expansion of their facility, an operating pilot-scale anaerobic digestion project. The grant will be used, in part, to purchase de-packaging equipment that will enable the facility to accept and process bulk organics that are packaged or have some level of contamination into a pump-able, slurried form for anaerobic digestion.
EL Harvey and Sons, Inc. - Up to $100,000
EL Harvey and Sons, Inc. of Westborough is a family-owned and -operated waste and recycling corporation. EL Harvey is seeking funding to purchase a tank to be used with de-packaging equipment. The grant will be used, in part, to purchase a vertical silo tank to be used with de-packaging equipment that will store processed organics in slurry form, which will feed anaerobic digestion. This comprehensive process will divert an estimated 10,000 tons per year of organics that is currently landfilled or incinerated.
Troiano Trucking, Inc. - Up to $200,000
Troiano Trucking Inc. of North Grafton has a history of recycling food. Troiano currently takes in about 25 tons of wasted food per day and transfers it to animal feed operations. Troiano is seeking grant funding to expand their business from trucking to manufacturing. The grant will be used, in part, to fund a Scott Turbo Separator that will enable the facility to accept and process bulk organics that are packaged or have some level of contamination and convert it into high-quality animal feed.
"This funding will enable increased sustainability throughout the community while creating the potential to help save taxpayer dollars," said State Senate Assistant Majority Leader Mark C. Montigny (D-New Bedford). "We're pleased to see further investment by the Commonwealth in this successful project."
"This grant funding is critical to supporting new opportunities for sustainability in our Commonwealth," said State Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury). "As a former Environmental Police Officer, I recognize the importance of actively promoting environmental protection. I commend Troiano Trucking in North Grafton on receiving this grant and I am confident that this funding will assist with their sustainable recycling efforts."
"The Commonwealth Recycling Business Development Grant program is a great way that Massachusetts has lived up to our commitment to be leaders on environmental policy," said State Senator Jim Timilty (D-Walpole). "CRMC Bioenergy of Mansfield's excellent work in the grant process will allow them to use this funding for equipment to make recycling more effective for Mansfield and the surrounding community."
"I am so proud to have a company like EL Harvey and Sons, Inc. in our community," said State Representative Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough). "As an environmental protection advocate and avid recycler myself, I am thrilled to see the state continue its' investments so that even difficult-to-recycle materials can be broken down in a safe and environmentally friendly manner."
"These grants will enable companies across the Commonwealth, such as CRMC which operates a Bioenergy Facility at the Crapo Hill Sanitary Landfill in Dartmouth, to deal with difficult-to-recycle material in a responsible and efficient manner," said State Representative Christopher Markey (D-Dartmouth). "This sense of environmental responsibility aligns with what CRMC, the Town of Dartmouth, and the Commonwealth as a whole strive for in terms of sustainability."
"I am excited to announce that Troiano Trucking, Inc. has been awarded a Recycling Business Development grant," said State Representative David Muradian (R-Grafton). "Troiano continues to support a healthy environment for the residents of North Grafton and the surrounding communities. I would also like to thank the Baker-Polito Administration and MassDEP for their constant dedication to improving the Commonwealth."
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.