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Apply for a Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grant

Supports local recycling, composting/organics, reuse, source reduction, program development, and enforcement activities that increase diversion and reduce disposal.
MassDEP will accept applications through July 14, 2021.

Learn About SMRP Municipal Grants

Online

SMRP Grant Eligibility: Janine Bishop, 617-348-4004 janine.bishop@mass.gov 
Recycling Dividends Program & Small-Scale Initiatives: Will Mbah, 617-556-1165 wilfred.mbah@mass.gov 
Re-TRAC, Drop-Off Equipment & Recycling Carts: Cathy Doodnauth, 617-292-1011 cathy.doodnauth@mass.gov 
Pay-As-You-Throw, Education & Enforcement Coordinators, Mattress Recycling: Rachel Smith, 617-292-5704 rachel.smith@mass.gov 
Organics Carts, School Recycling: Ann McGovern, 617-292-5834 ann.mcgovern@mass.gov 

The Details of Apply for a Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grant

How to apply Apply for a Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grant

Submit your application via Re-TRAC Connect™.

Please note that MassDEP has established a Re-TRAC Connect™ account for each municipality. If you have forgotten your account login, contact Cathy Doodnauth.

See additional details below.

Next steps for Apply for a Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grant

  1. What to Know

    MassDEP Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grant funding may be used to improve local recycling, composting, reuse, and household hazardous waste diversion programs.

    Cities, towns, and regional authorities are eligible to apply.

    SMRP funding is currently available for Small-Scale Initiative grants and Recycling Dividends Program payments to qualifying cities and towns.

  2. Review the Application Guidelines

    The document below provides critical information on SMRP Municipal Grants including eligibility criteria, terms and conditions, and how grant funds may be used.

  3. Learn More About SMRP Grants

    MassDEP held a 90-minute informational webinar for communities interested in applying for SMRP Small-Scale Initiative grants and/or Recycling Dividends Program payments on June 3, 2021

    If you were unable to participate in that session and would like to view the video playback, download the presentation or both, follow the links below.

  4. 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, which should explain the benefits of buying products with recycled content. See below for examples of qualifying "buy recycled" notifications and a model policy.
    • Before submitting a grant application, municipal applicants must have completed MassDEP Municipal Recycling & Solid Waste Surveys for calendar years 2018 and 2019 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.
    • Please note that MassDEP has established a Re-TRAC Connect™ account for each municipality. If you have forgotten your account login, contact Cathy Doodnauth.
    • 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.

    See below for "Buy Recycled" policy resources.

  5. Complete & Submit a Grant Application

    • MassDEP will accept applications through July 14, 2021.
    • Applications must be submitted electronically via Re-TRAC Connect™, an online reporting tool. MassDEP does not accept applications in any other format.
    • Please note that MassDEP has established a Re-TRAC Connect™ account for each municipality. If you have forgotten your account login, contact Cathy Doodnauth.
  6. MassDEP Reviews All Applications

    The agency spends several weeks reviewing and evaluating the applications it has received from cities, towns, and regional authorities. MassDEP announces its award decisions at the end of this process.

More info for Apply for a Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grant

MassDEP has awarded some $40.5 million in SMRP and Recycling Dividends Program funding since 2010. See below for the lists of recipients.

Downloads for Apply for a Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grant

Contact for Apply for a Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grant

Online
SMRP Grant Eligibility: Janine Bishop, 617-348-4004 janine.bishop@mass.gov 
Recycling Dividends Program & Small-Scale Initiatives: Will Mbah, 617-556-1165 wilfred.mbah@mass.gov 
Re-TRAC, Drop-Off Equipment & Recycling Carts: Cathy Doodnauth, 617-292-1011 cathy.doodnauth@mass.gov 
Pay-As-You-Throw, Education & Enforcement Coordinators, Mattress Recycling: Rachel Smith, 617-292-5704 rachel.smith@mass.gov 
Organics Carts, School Recycling: Ann McGovern, 617-292-5834 ann.mcgovern@mass.gov 
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