Beginning April 3, 2017, MassDEP will accept applications for its annual Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP), offering grants to cities, towns, and regional entities for a variety of waste reduction and recycling activities, as well as qualified Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) purchases.
In 2016, SMRP awarded grants to 220 applicants totaling $4.08 million! Eligible entities are encouraged to review the program’s qualification criteria and take advantage of this opportunity to receive funding for sustainable purchasing activity.
Grants are available for recycling and composting equipment, mattress recycling, Pay-As-You-Throw programs, waste reduction enforcement, school recycling, and organics capacity development projects. Organizations may stretch their grant awards by using related Statewide Contracts for their purchases.
Find overview and eligibility criteria, a detailed description of each of the nine grant categories, and associated Statewide Contracts in the SMRP Municipal Application Grant Guidance booklet. Additional details may be found on MassDEP’s SMRP Grant Webpage.
Be advised that one of the minimum eligibility criteria requires a municipality to have a “Buy Recycled” policy in place and for municipal employees with procurement privileges to be annually reminded (by the Town Manager, Town Administrator, or Chief Procurement Officer) of the policy. Applications must be submitted by the municipal person designated as the “recycling contact” for the municipality.
Note that 2017 applications are due by June 14, 2017.
Direct questions about SMRP to the MassDEP contacts provided in the Grant Guidance Booklet. Refer questions about EPPs on Statewide Contracts to Julia Wolfe, Director of Environmental Purchasing at OSD at 617-502-8836.
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