- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Supports Growing Recycling Businesses
Edmund Coletta, MassDEP – Director of Public Affairs
BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded nearly $1 million in grants to six companies under the Commonwealth’s Recycling Business Development Grant (RBDG) program, which will enable the companies to better process and manage food material, wood, and bulky plastics. The grant 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 Ag-Grid Energy, LLC; Charles George Fitchburg; Martin’s Farm Compost; ReEnergy Roxbury, LLC; United Material Management of Millbury, LLC; and Waste Management Boston CORe.
“Protecting the environment is a fundamental responsibility of state government, public institutions, private businesses and other stakeholders,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our administration is pleased to support these companies as they grow in their local communities and implement innovative methods and practices that allow us all to achieve our common goal.”
“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. “Increasing recycling opportunities helps protect our environment and create jobs that strengthen state, regional and local economies.”
Significantly, the RBDG program targets difficult-to-recycle materials, including food with contaminants such as plastic, rubber gloves, and cutlery; wood; and bulky, rigid plastics. 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.
“Independently, one of the more impactful things we 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:
Company: Ag-Grid Energy, LLC
Community: Granville, MA
Amount Awarded: Up to $250,000
Project Description: Ag-Grid Energy, LLC is forming Rockwood Ag-Grid Organics, LLC, together with Rockwood Farm in Granville. Located at 355 Granby Road, this farm will be the site of an anaerobic digestion facility that will co-digest manure from the farm’s dairy cows and food materials from off-site sources. Ag-Grid Energy, LLC is requesting funds to purchase a de-packaging unit that will enable the facility to accept food contaminated with other materials and separate those materials to produce a high quality feedstock for the anaerobic digestion facility. Initially, the facility will be able to accept about 20,000 tons of food material annually, with the potential to increase to 60,000 tons per year over time.
Company: Charles George Fitchburg
Community: Fitchburg, MA
Amount Awarded: Up to $200,000
Project Description: Located at 15 Cobbler Drive in Fitchburg, Charles George Fitchburg is an existing processing facility that accepts construction and demolition materials. Charles George is seeking funds to purchase a five-bin sorting line that will increase the facility’s ability to separate wood, bulky rigid plastics, and other recyclables. The requested equipment would enable the facility to divert as much as 26,000 tons of additional materials for recycling annually, including about 10,500 tons of wood and about 600 tons of bulky rigid plastics.
Company: Martin’s Farm Compost
Community: Greenfield, MA
Amount Awarded: Up to $146,000
Project Description: Located at 341 Plain Road in Greenfield, Martin’s Farm Compost is a family-owned compost operation. Martin’s Farm is seeking funds to purchase a screener that will remove small pieces of plastic, metal, glass and other inorganics from compost. This will improve the quality and increase the value of their compost products and allow Martin’s Farm to process as much as 9,000 tons of food material annually.
Company: ReEnergy Roxbury, LLC
Community: Boston, MA
Amount Awarded: Up to $50,000
Project Description: Located at 101 Gerard Street in Boston, ReEnergy Roxbury, LLC operates a processing facility for construction and demolition materials. ReEnergy is requesting funds to purchase recycling storage bunkers and a vertical baler for bulky rigid plastics. The equipment investment will enable the facility to process and separate an additional 15,000 tons of material per year for recycling, including 3,000 tons per year of wood and 1,500 tons per year of bulky, rigid plastics.
Company: United Material Management of Millbury, LLC
Community: Millbury, MA
Amount Awarded: Up to $250,000
Project Description: Located at 333A Southwest Cutoff in Millbury, United Material Management of Millbury, LLC is building a new facility to accept and process mixed construction and demolition debris materials. UMM is requesting funds to purchase new sorting equipment, including split bins, wood conveyors, a vibratory screener, a wood-picking line, and a wood fines vibratory screener. This new processing equipment will enable the facility to separate up to 29,000 tons of wood per year for recycling.
Company: Waste Management Boston CORe
Community: Boston, MA
Amount Awarded: Up to $100,000
Description: Waste Management is a national company that has established a Centralized Organics Recycling (CORe) facility at 200 Terminal Street in Charlestown. This facility takes in food material that contains some inorganic material, such as plastic bags and gloves, and processes it to produce a slurry material that can be used as a feedstock for anaerobic digestion facilities that produce renewable energy. Waste Management is seeking funds for a blending and storage tank, along with associated piping and pumping infrastructure. This equipment will greatly increase the facility’s capacity to accept and manage contaminated food materials.
“This grant funding is critical to supporting new opportunities for sustainability in our Commonwealth,” said State Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury). “As a former Environmental Police Officer, I recognize the importance of actively promoting environmental protection. I commend United Material Management of Millbury on receiving this grant and I am confident that this funding will assist with their sustainable recycling efforts.”
“For over 50 years of providing management of solid waste, Charles George is an example of a well-managed and operated family business that plays a vital role in the community,” said State Senator Dean Tran (R-Fitchburg). “This grant will help the company continue its effort in providing green solutions to waste management.”
“Congratulations to United Material Management of Millbury for receiving this $250,000 grant from the Baker-Polito Administration,” said State Representative Paul Frost (R-Millbury). “This new equipment will go long way in recycling wood for reuse, which is ultimately good for the environment and leaves less waste.”
“This grant award will help Martin's Farm Compost in Greenfield to improve their services and work towards sustainability by taking more items out of the unusable waste stream,” said State Representative Paul Mark (D-Peru). “This is another great example of the public and private sector working together towards a common goal of protecting the environment at the local level.”
To learn more about MassDEP’s Recycling Business Development Grant Program, please visit the RBDG’s dedicated webpage. Additionally, MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources. For more information regarding the MassDEP and its mission, please visit the agency’s webpage.