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Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) State Assistance Program and E-Waste Grant

Grants to New York Municipalities for Hazardous Household
and Electric Waste Collection Programs and Facilities

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Deadline Date:

02/28/19 3:00 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to New York municipalities to provide residents with safe alternatives for the disposal or recycling of household hazardous waste and electronic waste. Funding is available to reimburse hazardous waste collection program operations and events, outreach activities, and waste facilities construction. Additional funding is designated for computer and electronic recycling.

Household hazardous waste (HHW) are materials found in residential wastes that would be regulated as hazardous waste if they were generated outside of a household at a business or industry. Examples of HHW include, but are not limited to, oil-based paints, pesticides, automotive fluids, home hobby chemicals, and compact fluorescent bulbs. A HHW collection day is an event where HHW is received from residents, properly packaged, and shipped to appropriate management facilities. Collection days are most often sponsored by a municipality, which hires a contractor to collect, separate and manage the waste received from residents.

Permitted HHW collection and storage facilities (often referred to as permanent HHW facilities) can receive HHW from residents on a regular basis. These facilities must receive a permit from the DEC before construction or operation may begin. “Mobile HHW facilities” can also be included as a component of a permitted HHW collection and storage facility’s permit to collect HHW at different locations throughout a municipality and consolidate it at the permitted facility for processing, packaging and shipping.

The purpose of the E-Waste funding is to partially defray unexpected costs paid to an e-waste recycling firm (recycler) for covered e-waste recycling. Eligible expenses are incurred for collection/recycling of covered e-wastes sent to an electronic waste recycler as defined in Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) Article 27, Title 26. Eligible items include computers, computer peripherals, televisions, small scale servers, and small electronic equipment, as defined by NYS's Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act (ECL Article 27, Title 26).

Eligible Activities: Collection events, pickup of abandoned e-wastes, managing or paying for the management of e-waste on behalf of one or more municipalities, or by being a registered collection site/consolidation facility.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181880

Estimated Size of Grant:

Household Waste: $10,000 - $2,000,000. The total amount of available funding is dependent on the annual appropriation from the NYS legislature; funding in recent years has been $7-$14 mil.

For E-Waste: Approximately $900,000 of the original $3 million remains available for this funding period.

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Initial Contract Length: 1 year

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All municipalities within New York State that have incurred expenses during the funding period for covered e-waste collection through collection events, pickup of abandoned e-waste, managing or paying for the management of e-waste on behalf of one or more municipalities, or by being a registered collection site/consolidation facility, are eligible to apply for and receive reimbursement of eligible covered expenses. For the purpose of e-waste assistance grants, "Municipality" means a local public authority or public benefit corporation, a county, city, town, village, or Indian tribe or nation residing within New York state, or any combination thereof.

Other Requirements:
1. Permitted HHW Collection and Storage Facilities must have a valid DEC permit to operate.
2. Collection day programs must have received DEC's written approval prior to conducting the collection day.
3. Educational costs will be eligible for reimbursement only if the municipality offers a collection program for HHW.

Items that will NOT be reimbursed under this program include, but are not limited to:
1. Costs that are reimbursed to the municipality or paid by outside sources, such as State and Federal Governments, or private donations or funding;
2. In-kind services, employee salaries, general supplies and overhead;
3. Costs paid outside the term of the contract;
4. Costs of issuing bonds, obtaining financing, obtaining permits, applying for State assistance, interest, bid document production or bid document distribution;
5. Cost of recycling waste materials if the recycled product is returned to the municipality, such as through a "buy-back" system;
6. Costs of operating a fluorescent bulb collection program or other similar single material collection programs, unless collected as part of an approved HHW collection program;
7. Costs of any HHW collection program that does not comply with an approved collection day plan or facility permit, and all applicable rules and regulations;
8. Cost of managing hazardous waste not generated by households, such as hazardous waste generated by municipalities, municipal departments, State agencies, schools, farms commercial establishments or industries.;
9. Costs related to and for municipal workers and volunteers except for personal safety equipment (e.g., salary, overhead, travel and medical expenses);
10. Costs incurred from the collection, handling, and disposal of types of solid waste that, except under extraordinary circumstances, would not meet the definition of HHW (e.g., explosives, alkaline batteries, ammunition, asbestos, bulk metal, construction and demolition debris, empty containers, empty paint cans, empty aerosol cans, empty refrigerant cans, empty propane tanks, unserviceable extinguishers, household medical waste, latex paint, radioactive material, rechargeable batteries, smoke detectors, tires, used oil, white goods, roll-off containers with municipal solid waste, and any miscellaneous materials and packaging received).

Ineligible for E-Waste Grants:
Costs that are not paid directly from a municipality to an e-waste recycler are not eligible for this funding. Costs for labor, processing, packaging, storage, advertising, and so on will not be funded.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due February 28, 2019, 3:00 PM ET. Anticipated award date is April 20, 2019.

Question due date is February 22, 2019.

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) provides State funding to reimburse up to 50% of the costs of municipal household hazardous waste (HHW) collection programs.

The E-Waste Grant supplement form can be filed separately, or in conjunction with the HHW application.

If there are insufficient funds to provide 50% reimbursement to all applications received during the same quarterly review period, the department may either lower the percentage or set a dollar maximum on the level of funding to be provided to each municipality. This lowered percentage or dollar maximum will be the same for all municipalities that submit an application during the same quarter.

Applicant must be registered in the NYS Grants Gateway to receive a grant contract. Information on the New York State Master Grants Gateway is available at: https://grantsreform.ny.gov/.

Household Hazardous Waste Program details: https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/intelligrants_NYSGG/module/nysgg/goportal.aspx?NavItem1=4&ngoID=5001323

Recycling E-Waste: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/66872.html

Contact Information:

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

For grants questions, call Michael Dauphinais and Dawn Mirabile at (518) 402-8678 : EWaste@dec.ny.gov.

For e-waste questions, call Mark Moroukian and MaryAnn Schelde at (518) 402-8706: RecyclingGrants@dec.ny.gov.

Mail completed E-Waste applications to:
E-waste Assistance Grants, NYSDEC,
Division of Materials Management
625 Broadway, 9th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-7253.

P: (518) 402-8678
F: (518) 402-9024

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