About the Program

MassDEP Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grants offer funding to cities, towns and regional entities - as well as certain non-profit organizations that provide services to them - for recycling, composting, reuse and source reduction activities that will increase diversion of municipal solid waste and household hazardous waste from disposal. Grants are available for recycling and composting equipment; mattress recycling; Pay-As-You-Throw programs; waste reduction enforcement; school recycling; and organics capacity development projects. SMRP funding is also available for SMRP Recycling Dividends Program (RDP) payments to qualifying cities and towns. MassDEP accepts applications between early April and mid June annually.

How & When to Apply

Applying for a Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grant:

  1. Review the Application Guidance
    The SMRP Municipal Grant Application Guidance  pdf format of SMRP Municipal Grant Application Guidance
provides critical information on SMRP Municipal Grants including eligibility criteria, terms and conditions, and how grant funds may be used.
  2. Register for a Grant Information Webinar
    MassDEP will host two Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Grant webinars in April 2017. One will focus on grant opportunities appropriate for municipalities with drop-off programs, and the second which will focus on grant opportunities for municipalities with curbside programs.

         Webinar 1: Grant Opportunities for Municipalities with Drop-Off Programs
         Wednesday, April 5, 2017
         10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
         Register Here

         Webinar 2: Grant Opportunities for Municipalities with Curbside Programs
         Thursday, April 13, 2017
         10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
         Register Here    
  3. Verify That You Meet Minimum Eligibility Criteria
    • Applicants must certify that they have "buy recycled" by-laws, ordinances or policies in place; indicate whether their purchasing function is centralized or decentralized; certify that everyone with purchasing authority is aware of the "buy recycled" requirement and reminded of it annually; and attach a copy of this communication. Examples of qualifying "buy recycled" policy notifications:
      Chelmsford  pdf format of Chelmsford
| Haverhill  pdf format of Haverhill
| Hingham  pdf format of Hingham
| Reading  pdf format of Reading
    • Before submitting a grant application, municipal applicants must have completed MassDEP Municipal Solid Waste & Recycling Surveys for calendar years 2015 and 2016 at Re-TRAC Connect™. Regional and non-profit applicants must certify that each municipality to be served by the grant proposal has filed these documents.
    • Municipal applicants with unspent Recycling Dividends Program (RDP) funds or who were awarded in the previous calendar year must report prior year expenditures and RDP Funds balances via Re-TRAC Connect™.
    • Municipal applicants must certify that they have active recycling programs that provide recycling containers for paper, cans and bottles in all offices and meeting spaces in all municipal buildings. All other applicants are required to certify that they have active programs providing for office recycling of paper, cans and bottles.
  4. Complete & Submit a Grant Application

Application Timeline

  • April 3, 2017: MassDEP releases SMRP grant application.
  • June 14, 2017: Municipalities, regional entities & non-profits must apply by this date.
  • September 2017: MassDEP announces grant awards.

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