Recycling & Waste Reduction Help for Cities & Towns

Information, grants, technical assistance, and tools from the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).

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Municipal Assistance Coordinators & Office

MassDEP has eight Municipal Assistance Coordinators (MACs) who provide waste reduction and recycling assistance to geographically-based districts of towns and cities. Follow the link in Additional Resources below to find the MAC for your community.

You may also wish to contact the MassDEP Office of Municipal Partnerships & Governmental Affairs for the agency's assistance with other environmental issues.

Additional Resources

Grants & Technical Assistance

MassDEP and other organizations offer a range of financial incentives and technical assistance to help your community build, expand, and improve waste reduction and recycling programs.

From MassDEP

Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grants
Supports local recycling, composting/organics, reuse, source reduction, policy development and enforcement activities that increase diversion and reduce disposal.

SMRP Recycling Dividends Program (RDP)
RDP provides payments to municipalities that have implemented specific programs and policies proven to maximize reuse, recycling and waste reduction.

SMRP Municipal Technical Assistance Grants
Applicants can receive up to 80 hours of recycling/solid waste planning assistance from a MassDEP Municipal Assistance Coordinator (MAC).

Recycling IQ Kit
An open source set of steps, tools and resources to help you increase the quantity and improve the quality of recycling in your community.

Recycling Business Development Grants
Helps Massachusetts recycling processors and manufacturers create sustainable markets for eligible materials.

From Other Organizations

Closed Loop Fund
A social impact fund investing $100 million in business and municipal efforts to increase the recycling of products and packaging.

Recycling Loan Fund
Provides loans of up to $500,000 to help Massachusetts businesses obtain the capital they need for recycling-related activities.

Financial & Technical Assistance for Anaerobic Digestion Projects
Learn about grant, loan and assistance programs available to help renewable energy developers build organics processing facilities.

Help with Contracts, Programs & Regulations

See Additional Resources below to learn more about:

  • Ensuring that your community complies with the Massachusetts Waste Disposal Bans.
  • Contracting for solid waste management services.
  • Developing local recycling and hauler regulations.
  • Building a Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) or Save Money And Reduce Trash (SMART) program to reduce your community's disposal costs.
  • Using the MassDEP Waste Reduction Toolkit to promote waste recycling, reuse, and donation.

Additional Resources

Household Hazardous Waste Collections

Application and notification forms that towns and cities need to file with MassDEP before proceeding with collection activities or events.

Additional Resources

Contact   for Recycling & Waste Reduction Help for Cities & Towns


SMRP Grant Eligibility: Rachel Smith 
Recycling Dividends Program, Regional Small-Scale Initiatives & Household Hazardous Waste Facility: Gail Sowerder Garron 
Re-TRAC & Food Waste Carts: Becky Ferguson 
Pay-As-You-Throw: Ron Cochran 
Drop-off Equipment: Micaela Guglielmi 
Waste Reduction Projects: Kathi Mirza 
Organics Capacity Projects: John Fischer 

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