According to Do Something.org, the average person generates more than four pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste annually. Additionally, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that an estimated 75 percent of the American waste stream is recyclable. However, only about 30 percent of it is recycled. For this reason alone, it is essential to teach people the importance of recycling and how it can make a big impact on the environment.
The EPA also notes that recycling over the past few years has made a huge contribution in reducing carbon emissions. For example, the organization states that the “recycling, composting, combustion with energy recovery and landfilling of municipal solid waste saved over 193 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent” in 2018. This is the equivalent of removing 42 million cars off the road.
America Recycles Day takes place on Nov. 15 every year and focuses on just this. The day is about spreading awareness about recycling, but it is also an important time to note that there are many recycled products available to use day-to-day as an alternative. So in honor of American Recycles Day, GrantWatch is sharing seven grants below that fund initiatives to improve recycling efforts.
Go Green with These Seven Environmental Grants
- Grants and in-kind services to U.S. organizations for programs that promote recycling. Funding is to assist organizations with developing and launching programs that address community recycling needs. Ongoing and event-based programs are eligible.
- Funding to U.S. public, private, and non-profit material recovery facilities for recycling projects. Funding is to expand the ability of facilities to ensure the widest possible access to recycling in community collection programs.
- Grants to U.S., Canada, and International research institutions for studies related to the management of solid waste. Applicants proposing certain research projects must contact program staff prior to initiating the application process. Research areas include recycling, waste minimization, conversion to energy and other products, waste diversion, and landfilling.
- Grants to Missouri nonprofit organizations, government agencies, public institutions, private businesses, and individuals to improve waste management in eligible counties.
- There are grants to Pennsylvania local government agencies to support municipal recycling programs. Funding is to support the recycling of materials including glass, aluminum, steel, corrugated cardboard, plastics, and papers. The grant awards are based on the total tons recycled and the applicant’s recycling rate.
- Funding of up to $20,000 to Manitoba municipal corporations, local governments, nonprofits, and schools for projects that use recycled tire products to benefit residents. Funding is for projects that are ecologically and environmentally sound, and are open to the public.
- There are also grants to California local units of government to develop recycling programs. Grant funds may go to defraying the costs of materials and equipment purchases, personnel wages, educational materials and activities, and operating expenses.