The Recycling Partnership, with support from a $1 million donation from The Coca-Cola Foundation, has opened up a new coastal and waterways community grant program to help address the challenge of waste in waterways and help improve the collection of recyclables for reuse.
The request for proposals (RFP) is now available for cities and towns to apply for the coastal community cart-based grant. With the release of the RFP, The Recycling Partnership offers a unique opportunity for communities to apply for grant funding to support one of two kinds of recycling program improvements:
- The conversion of a bin- or bag-based curbside recycling collection program to a cart-based program; or
- The implementation of a new curbside recycling program using cart-based collection.
“The purpose of this grant program is to advance recycling in communities located adjacent to America’s major waterways,” said Rob Taylor, technical assistance specialist at The Recycling Partnership, in a statement. “And to assist with the implementation of programs and practices that will reduce litter and work to curtail marine debris.”
In addition to the implementation of one of these curbside program improvements, successful applicants must conduct one or more additional initiatives to address litter in their communities. Grant funding will be made available to support qualifying litter cleanup activities. Additional funding may also be available to support the purchase of public space recycling receptacles for areas near waterways.
“The Coca-Cola Foundation places a high priority on supporting organizations like The Recycling Partnership that are substantially improving recycling in communities through infrastructure and education,” said Helen Smith Price, president of The Coca-Cola Foundation, in a statement. “Through this new program, people living in coastal and waterway communities will be provided with the recycling program they need to prevent recyclables from entering waterways while also improving collection for future use.”
The first round of the grant is open now and closes September 21, with work to follow shortly after in the selected communities.