DEP awards first round of 2020 grants for recycling and organics management initiatives

August 26, 2020

Contact: David Madore, Communications Director (207) 287-5842

AUGUSTA, August 26, 2020 - The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently announced the first round of 2020 Waste Diversion grant award recipients for recycling and organics management projects statewide. These projects are targeted to divert waste from disposal by expanding composting and recycling opportunities across Maine. DEP received 17 proposals requesting a total of $461,247.39 and will award $129,627.75 to fund 7 of these projects. Maine DEP is providing these grants to help businesses, institutions and municipalities address solid waste management challenges.

Reducing the volume of materials we consume by reusing items, and recycling products and packaging can significantly reduce our environmental impacts and help to enhance sustainability, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut our overall costs.

Maine DEP is pleased to award funds for the following projects across the state:

ScrapDogs Community Composting, LLC, Rockland - $12,700

Chickadee Compost, Blue Hill Peninsula - $40,000.00

Barn Boards and More, LLC, Gardiner - $23,300.00

Town of Lisbon, Lisbon - $6,000.00

DM&J Waste, Ellsworth - $34,450.00

Unity Area Regional Recycling Center (UARRC) - $7,107.75

Town of Kennebunk - $6,070.00

DEP plans to solicit another round of waste diversion grant proposals in October 2020.