Boosting Recycling in Tennessee

TDEC offers grants for recycling and solid waste reduction across Tennessee.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has announced the opening of applications for its recycling and solid waste reduction grants. This initiative is aimed at local communities and other eligible entities within the state, offering a total of $2.45 million in funding. The grants are part of TDEC’s efforts to encourage and support solid waste management and recycling goals across Tennessee.

With applications open until March 15 for education/outreach and organics management grants, TDEC is also preparing to accept applications for other solid waste management categories in the near future. These grants are crucial for local governments seeking to divert waste from landfills, upgrade their infrastructure, and engage residents in recycling activities. The program directly benefits the residents of Tennessee and the manufacturers who utilize recycled materials in their production processes.

TDEC has outlined a calendar for grant application openings, with different categories such as recycling equipment, used oil, convenience centers, and household hazardous waste grants scheduled throughout the year. Additionally, a recycling rebate is available to further support recycling efforts. The department is actively reaching out to potential applicants and will host workshops to guide them through the application process.

The first workshop is set for March 8 at Montgomery Bell State Park, with additional sessions planned for April and May. These grants are funded by the Tennessee Solid Waste Management Fund, which derives its revenue from a state surcharge on each ton of solid waste disposed of in landfills, and the Used Oil Collection Fund, supported by a fee on every quart of oil sold. This financial backing underscores the state’s commitment to sustainable waste management and recycling practices.

For more details on the grant program and to apply, interested parties are encouraged to visit TDEC’s Grants Management System online. This initiative represents a significant step towards achieving a more sustainable and environmentally friendly Tennessee.

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