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Agencies to Enhance Recycling Programs and Divert Waste

Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grant

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Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP)

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06/15/22 11:59 PM Receipt


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Grants to Massachusetts municipalities and regional government entities to enhance recycling programs and divert waste. Funding may be used to purchase materials and services to enhance waste reduction programs and to implement waste-reducing policies. The purpose of the program is to maximize reuse, recycling, and waste reduction.

SMRP funding is currently available for Small-Scale Initiative grants and Recycling Dividends Program payments to qualifying cities and towns.

Regional Small Scale Initiatives: This grant will provide funding for the purchase of designated materials and services (“items”) that will sustain existing municipal waste reduction programs or facilitate new, low-cost initiatives.

Recycling Dividends Program: The Recycling Dividends Program (RDP) will provide payments to municipalities that have implemented specific programs and policies proven to maximize reuse, recycling and waste reduction.

Pay-As-You-Throw Assistance: In a Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) program (also referred to as Save-Money-and-Reduce-Trash (SMART)), residents pay per unit for the amount of solid waste they generate. There is no direct fee for recycling. This creates a financial incentive to recycle more and to generate less waste.

Mattress Recycling Assistance: The purpose of this grant is to support municipalities in their compliance with the mattress waste disposal ban, which will become effective on November 1, 2022. Under this regulation, mattresses and box springs (herein referred to as “mattresses”), will be banned from disposal in landfills or combustion facilities. 

Universal Waste Shed: This grant will assist municipalities with establishing or expanding diversion programs for targeted materials at a municipal recycling drop-off or transfer station (“facility”). This grant category is open to municipalities operating a drop-off program for recyclables, including those whose primary recycling program is curbside, but which also operate a residential recycling drop-off.

Wheeled Organics Carts: This grant will assist municipalities with the purchase of wheeled carts for municipally financed curbside collection of organics (food waste). New cart programs may be implemented town-wide or as a pilot of 400-1000 households; expansions must consist of 400 households or more. 

Wheeled Recycling Carts: This grant will assist municipalities with the purchase of wheeled carts for the implementation or expansion of a curbside wheeled cart program for single stream or dual stream recycling. Carts may also be used for recycling collection from multi-family buildings and small businesses that are served by the municipal solid waste/recycling program.

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GrantWatch ID#: 154647

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Funds do not have to be spent in the fiscal year awarded and may be carried over to future years and saved to fund a larger eligible expense or project. However, RDP funds are intended to be invested in waste reduction activities and not be preserved for a rainy-day fund. MassDEP may delay future payments if a municipality is not expending funds as intended.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities are eligible to apply:
- Individual Massachusetts municipalities.
- Regional governmental entities with legislative authorization may apply for grants on behalf of their Massachusetts member municipalities and residents. This category of applicants may include regional planning authorities, regional solid waste districts, and regional recycling cooperatives.

For program-specific eligibility requirements, see the relevant document in Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

MassDEP has scheduled an informational SMRP Grant webinar for interested municipalities and regional groups:

Wednesday, April 27, 2022
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Please register here if you wish to participate:

After signing up, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the webinar.

Pre-Application Information:

- Application release date: April 6, 2022
- Grant Information Webinar: April 27, 2022 from 10am-noon.
- Application Deadline: Application must be received by 11:59pm on June 15, 2022.

A municipal applicant must have filed via Re-TRAC Connect™, before a SMRP application is submitted, a completed CY2020 and CY2021 Municipal Recycling and Solid Waste Surveys.

Regional authorities that do not have an account must contact Cathy Doodnauth (contact information below) no later than two weeks prior to the grant deadline for guidance on establishing a Re-TRAC Connect™ account.

Grantees will procure all products and services and then request reimbursement from MassDEP.

Webinar recording:

Webinar recording from April 27, 2022:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For more information, please contact the MassDEP Municipal Assistance Coordinator (MAC) serving your part of the state at the following link:

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