Deadline for recycling grants is Dec. 18DNREC offers funding to offset costs for businesses, schools, nonprofits
Sate officials say applications are still open for the Universal Recycling Grant and Low-Interest Loan Program, which has $1.5 million to help businesses succeed in recycling. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is encouraging not only businesses, but also nonprofit organizations and schools to apply for grants.
Delaware's Universal Recycling Law requires that all commercial businesses actively participate in a comprehensive recycling program no later than Jan. 1, 2014. The commercial sector includes for-profit and not-for-profit retail or wholesale stores, offices, food service establishments, warehouses, and other manufacturing, industrial or processing activities, and institutions such as social, charitable, educational, health care, professional and government services.
The Universal Recycling Law also includes DNREC’s recycling grants program to assist Delaware companies, schools and nonprofits implement recycling. Grant applications will be accepted until Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 4:30 p.m.
Application forms and guidance are available at: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/dwhs/Pages/RecyclingGrants.aspx, or via Delaware’s recycling website at www.recycling.delaware.gov or call 302-739-9403.
“Recycling can help businesses save money and reduce their environmental footprint,” said DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara. “To achieve the statewide goals of the Universal Recycling Law, we need to work with businesses to double the recycling rate across the commercial sector.”
O'Mara said grants can be used to off-set start-up costs. “Once universal access to recycling is in place, businesses will quickly realize both the environmental and economic benefits. We want every Delawarean to have access to recycling at home, at work, and everywhere in between.”
Business owners and Institution managers are encouraged to learn about the growing recycling opportunities in Delaware. Materials commonly recycled in the commercial sector may include corrugated cardboard, food scraps, scrap lumber and scrap metals, office paper, and various plastics.
For the grants program, priority will be given to those entities responsible for compliance with the commercial component of the Universal Recycling legislation. However, other projects are eligible and creativity is welcome and must be submitted by the Dec. 18 deadline.