State offers more than $3 million in grants for recycling infrastructure
Recently passed legislation would expand recycling opportunities in Michigan. Part of the effort includes promoting grants to fund recycling infrastructure. The state is now making more than $3.3 million available to support waste reduction projects.
The grants are earmarked to fund programs like community receptacles and recovery facilities that will increase recycling opportunities and food waste collection.
Emily Freeman is a recycling specialist with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. She said the grants have helped double the amount of curbside pickup across the state in just the last four years.
“This grant is part of a bigger program that we’ve got going to support recycling infrastructure, improve the quality of materials, and grow markets," Freeman said. "And it’s been really impactful.”
The grants are available to local governments, nonprofits, and universities. Deadline to apply is May 19.