CONTACT: Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Dec. 18 deadline looms to apply for DNREC
commercial sector recycling grant funding
Priority for schools, businesses, and other organizations
DOVER (Dec. 10, 2013) – To help Delaware’s businesses and institutions comply with their Jan. 1, 2014 deadline for the Universal Recycling Law, DNREC is again offering the Universal Recycling Grant and Low Interest Loan Program, with $1.5 million in grant funding available for disbursing to help the commercial sector succeed in recycling. DNREC is encouraging not just businesses, but also non-profit organizations and schools to apply for recycling grant funding.
The state’s Universal Recycling Law means just that – ensuring 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.
The Universal Recycling Law also includes DNREC’s recycling grants program as a funding mechanism to assist Delaware entities with implementation costs. Grant applications will be accepted until Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. Application forms and guidance are available at: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/dwhs/Pages/RecyclingGrants.aspx, or via Delaware’s recycling website at: www.recycling.delaware.gov.
“Recycling can help businesses save money and reduce their environmental footprint,” said DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara. “To achieve the statewide goals of the Universal Recycling Law, we need to work with businesses to double the recycling rate across the commercial sector. Our grants program is a great opportunity to assist the business community with recycling start-up costs. Once universal access to recycling is in place, businesses will quickly realize both the environmental and economic benefits. We want every Delawarean to have access to recycling at home, at work, and everywhere in between.”
Business owners and Institution managers are encouraged to learn about the growing recycling opportunities in Delaware. Materials commonly recycled in the 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, please visit: www.recycling.delaware.gov or call 302-739-9403.
For the grants program, priority will be given to those entities responsible for compliance with the commercial component of the Universal Recycling legislation. However, other projects are eligible and creativity is welcome. Remember, if you intend to submit a project, the application deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.
Vol. 43, No. 462