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DNREC recycling grant and loan opportunities help Delaware
schools and businesses achieve recycling requirements


DOVER (August 1, 2014) – To help Delaware’s schools, businesses and institutions start or expand their recycling programs, DNREC is once again offering the Universal Recycling Grant and Low Interest Loan Program, with up to $500,000 in funding available for 2014 grants and loans. DNREC is placing particular emphasis on encouraging schools throughout the state to apply for recycling grant funding.


The Universal Recycling Grant and Low Interest Loan Program was created by the state’s Universal Recycling Law. The law provides a framework to ensure recycling services are available for all in Delaware, and includes the requirement that “all commercial businesses actively participate in a comprehensive recycling program no later than January 1, 2014.” The commercial sector includes any for profit or not-for profit retail or wholesale stores, offices, food service establishments, warehouses, and other manufacturing, industrial or processing activities, and institutions such as social, charitable, educational, health care, professional and government services.


Grant applications will be accepted  until 4:30 p.m.,Thursday, Aug. 14. Application forms and the Guidance Document are available at, or via Delaware’s recycling website:


“Recycling not only reduces schools’ and businesses’ environmental footprint but saves them money,” said DNREC Secretary David Small. “To achieve the statewide goals of the Universal Recycling Law, we are working  with businesses to double the recycling rate across the commercial sector. DNREC’s recycling grants program is a great opportunity to assist the educational and business communities with recycling start-up costs. Once universal recycling access is in place, environmental and economic benefits become a quick realization.“ 

Schools, business owners, and institution managers are encouraged to learn about the growing recycling opportunities in Delaware. Materials commonly recycled in the educational and commercial sector may include corrugated cardboard, food scraps, scrap lumber and scrap metals, office paper, and various plastics. To learn more about legislative requirements, grant funding, commercial recycling toolkits, and more please visit: or call 302-739-9403. 

For the grants program, priority will be given to schools, food waste or construction waste projects, and outreach/educational projects. However, other projects are eligible and creativity is welcome. Remember, if you intend to submit a project, that the application deadline is 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 14. For school projects than cannot meet this deadline, another grant offering is intended for later in the fall. 

Vol. 44, No. 264

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