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Apply for SMRP Recycling Dividends Program Funds

The Recycling Dividends Program (RDP) provides payments to qualifying municipalities that have implemented specific waste reduction, reuse, and recycling programs and policies.
The application period for the 2021 grant cycle has closed.

MassDEP Bureau of Air & Waste: Recycling Dividends Program

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How to apply Apply for SMRP Recycling Dividends Program Funds

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.

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  1. What to Know

    If your city or town has implemented specific reuse, recycling, and waste reduction programs and policies, it may qualify for payments under the Recycling Dividends Program (RDP).

    MassDEP uses a set of evaluation criteria to score applicants for RDP funds. These criteria apply to curbside, drop-off, and private subscription communities alike. Private subscription communities must have adopted a comprehensive private hauler regulation to be eligible.

    RDP fund allocation is based upon:

    1. A point system indexed to various waste diversion categories.
    2. The number of households served by the municipal trash program. 

    Payments range from $2,800 to $260,000, depending on households served and points earned. Since 2014, MassDEP has disbursed more than $14 million in RDP payments to Massachusetts cities and towns with exemplary recycling and waste reduction programs. 

    See Section 3 of the SMRP Municipal Grant Application Guidelines and the RDP Worksheet below for additional information.

  2. Be Sure Your Municipality Qualifies

    Before applying for Recycling Dividends Program or Small-Scale Initiatives grant funding:

    • Ensure that your municipality meets the minimum eligibility criteria outlined in Section 1 of the SMRP Municipal Grant Application Guidelines above. 
    • Contact the MassDEP Municipal Assistance Coordinator (MAC) serving your part of the state for information and technical assistance.
  3. Complete & Submit Your Application

    The application period for the 2021 grant cycle has closed. MassDEP accepted through July 14, 2021. 

    Applications must be submitted electronically online 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.

  4. MassDEP Scores Your Application

    RDP fund allocation is based upon:

    1. A point system indexed to various waste diversion categories.
      Each category has an assigned point value ranging from 1 to 4. If your town or city earns at least 8 total points (of 26 available), it is eligible for RDP payments. Each point earned over the minimum increases the payment. Certain Environmental Justice (EJ) communities, as defined in Section One of the SMRP Grant Application Guidelines, are exempt from the minimum point requirement.
    2. The number of households served by the municipal trash program. 
      Payments range from $2,800 to $260,000, depending on households served and points earned. Private subscription communities are eligible in the lowest bracket.
  5. Spend Your RDP Funds

    Your municipality may use RDP funds to cover a number of solid waste and recycling expenses:

    • Purchase of recycling equipment, as specified.
    • Procurement of environmentally preferable cleaning products, equipment and supplies from specified categories via Massachusetts State Contract FAC85.
    • Scheduling of additional hazardous waste (HHW) collection events.
    • Transportation and recycling of specific “hard to recycle” materials, including automotive wastes, bulky rigid plastics, consumer electronics, mercury-added products and more.
    • Establishment, operation and maintenance of Swap Shops to divert reusable housewares and furniture from disposal.
    • Improvements to recycling collection infrastructure and sites at select locations.
    • Production of waste reduction/recycling promotional materials.
    • Implementation and maintenance of Pay-As-You-Throw programs.
    • Enhancement of school waste reduction programs.
    • Additional allowable expenses as listed in the Guidelines.

    For additional information, see the SMRP Grant Guidelines (refer to Section 3), as well as the Sustainable Purchasing presentation and Buy Recycled webinar, all provided below.

  6. Report on Your RDP Expenditures

    Cities and towns that are awarded RDP funds must report their expenditures to MassDEP annually. See the Sample RDP Spending Report provided below for details.

    • To help organize purchases throughout the year, see RDP Approved Expenditures below.
    • Submit your Spending Report online via Re-TRAC Connect™ by February 15.
    • Please note that MassDEP has established a Re-TRAC Connect™ account for each municipality. If you have forgotten your account login, contact Cathy Doodnauth.

    MassDEP will conduct audits of several municipalities each year to ensure that the information they have reported is accurate.

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