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Michigan DEQ Ups Grant Funding for Recycling Projects

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Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality initially announced the grant opportunity last year in an effort to increase the state’s recycling rate.

Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced it is boosting available grant funding for recycling infrastructure projects to $3.7 million from $500,000. DEQ is accepting applications through May 1.

According to DEQ, through the 2019 Recycling Infrastructure Grant Program, the agency will provide grants to cities, villages, townships, charter townships, counties, tribal governments, municipal solid waste authorities, resource recovery authorities, nonprofit organizations, public school districts, local health departments, colleges/universities and regional planning agencies located in Michigan to fund recycling infrastructure projects. Potential infrastructure projects include, but are not limited to, the transition from bins to carts, public space recycling containers, creation or improvement of public drop-off recycling, improving existing infrastructure, school recycling projects, multifamily recycling projects, food waste projects and electronic waste projects.

Household hazardous waste projects and one-day collection events are not eligible for this grant.

Bristol Herald Courier has more details:

Michigan officials say they’re stepping up financial support for recycling infrastructure projects.

The state Department of Environmental Quality says its boosting available funding for grants from $500,000 to $3.7 million and is extending the deadline for applications to May 1.

The DEQ originally announced the grant opportunity last November in support of the state's goals of increasing the recycling rate and ensuring convenient recycling access by supporting development of infrastructure for the purpose.

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