Apply for a Recycling Business Development Grant

This program helps Massachusetts recycling processors and manufacturers create sustainable markets for eligible materials. Selected applicants receive grant awards of between $50,000 and $400,000.
Award cycles and application due dates vary from year to year. For the current cycle, the application deadline is October 4, 2019.

MassDEP Bureau of Air & Waste: Recycling Business Development Grants

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  1. Eligible Applicants

    An applicant for RDBG funding must:

    • Be a company or corporation (for-profit or non-profit) properly licensed to do business in Massachusetts.
    • Operate a location in Massachusetts where the proposed recycling or recycling-related activity such as aggregation, processing, reclaiming or reuse will occur.
    • Recycle, aggregate, process, reclaim or reuse one or more specific eligible materials (see Eligible Projects below for a list).
    • Have been in substantial compliance with federal and state environmental laws for the past three years.
    • Provide a minimum financial match of 25 percent.

    All grants made under the RBDG program should provide a measurable economic benefit to Massachusetts.

  2. Eligible Projects

    MassDEP will fund only projects that are related to the following list of eligible materials (which it reserves the right to amend between grant cycles):

    • Container Glass: Developing market outlets and uses for container glass sourced from materials recycling facilities (MRFs) or glass drop-off programs
    • Comingled Recyclables Handled by MRFs: Increasing capacity to handle or reduce contamination of mixed recyclable streams consisting of paper, cardboard, and glass, metal, and plastic containers
    • Clean Gypsum Wallboard: Processing and recycling of clean wallboard.
    • Mattresses: Dismantling and recycling of mattresses at a processing facility.
    • Furniture: Dismantling and recycling or refurbishment and reuse
    • Bulky Rigid & Mixed Plastics: Recovering and processing bulky rigid plastics and mixed 3-7 plastics (not intended for single-resin streams).

    The agency will not consider projects to increase the recycling of materials not listed.

  3. Review the Guidance

    To learn more about grant eligibility and application requirements, please read the document below.

  4. Complete & Submit Your Application

    For 2019, you need to apply online. Follow the link below.

    The deadline for applying is Friday, October 4, 2019.

  5. MassDEP Reviews All Applications

    The agency will evaluate:

    • Each applicant's capabilities and experience;
    • The extent to which the proposed project fosters stronger local recycling markets;
    • The technical feasibility of the investment;
    • The applicant’s financial match; and
    • The likelihood of success and continued sustainability of the investment after the grant.

    MassDEP may require a site visit and/or interview with the top ranked applicants as part of the evaluation. 

  6. Sign a Grant Agreement with MassDEP

    If your organization is selected to receive a MassDEP Recycling Business Development Grant, it will need to sign a contract that stipulates, among other things:

    • MassDEP staff reserves the right to visit your Massachusetts location(s) during the grant period.

    • All funds for RBDG grants are distributed on a reimbursement and/or performance basis. Any purchases you make before signing the contract will not be reimbursed.

    • MassDEP will hold the final ten percent (10%) of your organization's grant funds until you have submitted a final report in an approved format to the agency.

    Other specific terms and conditions will be outlined in the grant agreement.

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