- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards Grants to Support Growing Recycling Businesses
Edmund Coletta, MassDEP – Director of Public Affairs
Boston — The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded approximately $600,000 in grants to four companies to better process and manage wood, plastics, and mixed recyclables. The Recycling Business Development Grant (RBDG) program, administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), will expand the recycling operations and increase the amount and quality of recycling now occurring at Environmental Integrity Co., LLC, New England Recycling Company, Inc., Recycling Solutions of Raynham, LLC, and Waste Management Avon Materials Recovery Facility.
"Increasing recycling opportunities helps protect our environment and create jobs that strengthen state, regional and local economies," said Governor Charlie Baker. "Our administration is proud to support these Massachusetts-based businesses as they grow in their local communities and implement innovative methods and practices to increase the re-use of difficult-to-recycle materials."
"The Recycling Business Development Grant program helps businesses throughout the Commonwealth develop valuable products, while simultaneously reducing the waste stream," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "This investment not only supports our communities and local economies, but also helps us reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and leave a cleaner world for future generations."
The RBDG program targets difficult-to-recycle materials, including wood, plastics, and mixed recyclables. This most-recent round of grants will fund projects that promote materials recovery and will build the state's infrastructure to better manage these materials. As a condition of receiving funding, grant recipients commit to meeting tonnage goals over a two-year period.
"One of the more impactful things individuals can do to protect the environment is to fully participate in local recycling efforts," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Mathew Beaton. "Under this grant program, the businesses selected will complement our individual efforts, adding value to our sustainability efforts and our economy."
"Through our Solid Waste Master Plan, Massachusetts has a goal to reduce our trash by 2 million tons annually by 2020," said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. "Instead of dumping or burning these valuable materials, businesses like these help turn them into new products, valuable compost or a renewable energy source through the anaerobic digestion process."
The grant recipients are:
Environmental Integrity Co., LLC, South Hadley – Up to $100,000
Environmental Integrity Co. operates an electronics recycling facility at 755 New Ludlow Rd. that accepts electronics for recycling. Environmental Integrity requested funds to purchase new equipment that will enable the shredding of plastics from recycled electronics. This processing equipment will enable the facility to recover 150 tons of mixed plastics per year for recycling.
New England Recycling Company, Inc., Taunton – Up to $100,000
New England Recycling Company operates a construction and demolition processing facility at 490 Winthrop St. that accepts and processes mixed construction and demolition debris materials. New England Recycling requested funds to expand and construct a "B-line" for wood processing. This new processing equipment will enable the facility to separate an additional 4,000 tons of wood per year for recycling.
Recycling Solutions of Raynham, LLC, Raynham – Up to $100,000
Recycling Solutions of Raynham operates a construction and demolition (C&D) processing facility at 35 Thrasher St. that accepts and processes mixed construction and demolition debris materials. Recycling Solutions of Raynham requested funds to install a C&D wood processing line. This new processing equipment will enable the facility to separate an additional 7,500 tons of wood per year for recycling.
Waste Management Avon Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), Avon – Up to $300,000
The Waste Management Avon MRF, located at 40 Ledin Dr., processes 76,000 tons of recyclable material per year. The grant will be used to fund a facility retrofit to allow for additional processing capacity. The retrofit will increase the tonnage capacity of the facility by 18,200 tons per year.
"It's beyond time for the Commonwealth to prioritize bold measures to address climate change. Investment in recycling is a key part of what's needed," said State Senator Jo Comerford (D-Northampton). "On top of this, it's tremendous to see investment in an important local business and initiative leading the way in this sector."
"I am very pleased that the state has chosen to support local initiatives in Taunton and Raynham with the opportunity to receive up to $100,000 in Recycling Business Development Grants," said State Senator Marc R. Pacheco (D-Taunton). "Construction and demolition are – by definition – procedures that inherently generate waste and debris. The additional resources announced today are contingent on practical recycling goals and I am glad that the local communities of Taunton and Raynham will soon benefit from cleaner wood processing disposal and recycling technology."
"The work that the Waste Management Avon Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) performs by providing integrated environmental solutions is outstanding," said State Senator Walter F. Timilty (D-Milton). "With this generous Recycling Business Development Grant of $300,000 from MassDEP, the Waste Management Avon MRF, will be able to further their environmental sustainability, by advancing their facility to accommodate more recyclable materials."
"I'm glad to see these funds going towards increasing Avon's capacity to recycle," said State Representative Bill Galvin (D-Canton). "It's a great use of grant money for a deserving facility."
"I am extremely pleased that our local Taunton business, New England Recycling Company, is receiving this grant. We need to increase recycling to protect our environment, and NERC is helping to achieve that goal," said State Representative Shaunna O'Connell (R-Taunton). "The Baker-Polito Administration has made environmental issues a priority, and we appreciate their support."
The RDBG program is one of a number of efforts by the Baker-Polito Administration to promote recycling efforts across the Commonwealth. The first round of RDBG funding included the awarding of more than $1 million to six recycling companies across the state.
Previous recycling programs have also included the awarding of $2.6 million in recycling grants to 247 communities and solid waste districts to help reduce the waste stream and maximize materials reuse and recycling; the announcement of a "Recycle Smart" initiative and web site to emphasize the importance of putting only the proper materials into the recycling bin; and the unveiling of the Recycling IQ Kit program to help municipalities educate residents on how to better recycle in order to remove contaminants from the recycling stream and make those materials more attractive to the world's commodity markets.