The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has announced a new round of municipal grants under the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program.

The grants are awarded to cities, towns and regional authorities to improve local recycling, composting, reuse and household hazardous waste diversion programs.

Eligible project categories include: recycling and composting equipment; mattress recycling; pay-as-you-throw programs; education and enforcement coordinators; school recycling; waste reduction enforcement; and organics capacity development.

In 2018, MassDEP awarded $5.2 million to 247 municipalities and regional authorities through the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program. Since 2010, MassDEP has awarded a total of $32 million in SMRP and Recycling Dividends Program grants.

June 12 is the application deadline for funding through the SMRP. For application information and project eligibility guidelines, visit www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-a-sustainable-materials-recovery-program-smrp-municipal-grant.

The MMA is engaged in the development of the state’s 2020-2030 Solid Waste Master Plan by serving on MassDEP’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee.

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