Cities, towns, villages, counties, tribes or solid waste management system that operate state-approved recycling programs can begin submitting applications for basic recycling grants and recycling consolidation grants from the Department of Natural Resources on July 9, 2013. Recycling grant awards for both programs are available for residential recycling and yard waste program costs that are reasonable and necessary for planning and operating an effective recycling program.
Recycling and yard waste program costs for residential and two- to four-unit households are eligible for grants. Some of the examples of costs covered by the grants include but are not limited to education and outreach materials, collection and transport of residential recyclables, responsible unit employee salary, wages and benefits, utility services, purchased services and rents and leases. The collection of recyclables or yard waste from governmental, businesses or residential buildings larger than four units are not eligible costs
Responsible units eligible to apply for the basic recycling grant may also qualify for the recycling consolidation grant program. Since the grant is provided as supplemental assistance for responsible units eligible for recycling grants, eligible costs and deadlines are the same as the Basic Recycling Grants for Responsible Units. Qualifying Responsible Units must meet at least one of the criteria prescribed in s. 287.24, Wis. Stats. to receive the Recycling Consolidation Grant.
Both grants have a due date of Oct. 1, 2013. Grant applications received after Oct. 1, 2013 receive reduced funding based on the following schedule:
Application Received Percent of Grant Award Funded
- By October 1 100 percent
- By October 10 95 percent
- By October 20 90 percent
- By October 30 75 percent
- October 31 or after 0 percent
To learn more about grants and aids available from the DNR search the DNR website for “grants.” To learn more about the Basic Recycling Grant to Responsible Units and Recycling Consolidation Grant click on the tab for “Recycling.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Kari Beetham, financial assistance specialist, 608-264-9207