SMRP Recycling Dividends Program

The Recycling Dividends Program (RDP) provides payments to qualifying municipalities that have implemented specific waste reduction, reuse, and recycling programs and policies.
MassDEP accepts applications between early April and mid June annually.

MassDEP Bureau of Air & Waste: Recycling Dividends Program

The Details of SMRP Recycling Dividends Program

How to apply SMRP Recycling Dividends Program

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 Janine Bishop.

See other details below.

Next steps for SMRP Recycling Dividends Program

  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 two sets of evaluation criteria to score applicants for RDP funds: one for communities that operate or contract for operation of curbside trash and recycling collection, and a second for those with transfer stations where residents drop off trash and recycling.

    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 $240,000, depending on households served and points earned. Since 2014, MassDEP has disbursed $5.3 million in RDP payments to Massachusetts cities and towns with exemplary recycling and waste reduction programs. 

    See the RDP Worksheet below for additional information.

  2. Be Sure Your Municipality Qualifies

    Before applying for Recycling Dividends Program or other Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) grant funding:

    • Ensure that your municipality meets the minimum eligibility criteria outlined in Section 1 of the SMRP Guidance below. 
    • 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 deadline is Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Applications have to 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 Janine Bishop.

    See the document below for additional information.

  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 5. If your town or city earns at least 8 total points (of 24 available), it is eligible for RDP payments. Each point earned over the minimum increases the payment.
    2. The number of households served by the municipal trash program. 
      Payments range from $2,800 to $240,000, depending on households served and points earned.
  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 on page 23 of the Grant Guidance.

    For additional information, see Section 10 of the SMRP Guidance and the FAQ on Use of RDP Funds, both 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 reference copy of the RDP Annual Spending Survey provided below for details.

    • To help organize purchases throughout the year, see the RDP Annual Reporting Categorization below.
    • Submit your spending survey 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 Janine Bishop.

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

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