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COVID-19 Relief to Assist Recycling Programs

Recycling materials receptacles are placed at parks in Morehead City. Photo: Morehead City Public Works

Local governments and private recycling businesses with residential recycling programs affected by the coronavirus pandemic can apply for funding through the new COVID-19 Recycling Relief Grant Program.

The North Carolina Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service, or DEACS, announced Thursday that proposals are now being accepted for projects to purchase equipment or resources to support residential recycling programs that have been stopped or impacted by the pandemic.

The new grant funding opportunity is for projects that support or improve an existing recycling program operated by a local government or a private recycling business. Applicants may request up to $20,000 and are required to provide a cash match equivalent of at least 20% of the requested grant funding.

When evaluating proposals, DEACS will prioritize residential recycling programs collecting traditional recyclable materials such as paper, plastic, metals and glass.

DEACS will accept applications on an ongoing basis while funding is available, and applicants should speak with a DEACS representative about viable grant projects before submitting.

The full request for proposals, or RFP, is available on the state’s Department of Environmental Quality’s Grants for Local Governments webpage.

Contact Sandy Skolochenko at 919-707-8147, sandy.skolochenko@ncdenr.gov or Matt James at 919-707-8133, matt.james@ncdenr.gov.

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