DEP has awarded the first round of funds for recycling and organics management projects in 2022

May 23, 2022

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection recently announced the first (spring) round of 2022 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 10 proposals requesting a total of $235,355.00 and will award $182,227.36 to fund 6 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:

City of South Portland - $27,318.00

Develop an Electric Tool Lending Library

City will be using grant monies to establish an "Electric Tool Lending Library" to provide residents with free access to land care equipment, while also providing residents with the opportunity to try equipment before they purchase their own.

Chickadee Compost, LLC, Sargentville $39,894.00

Increase Food Scrap Collection Efficiencies

Chickadee Compost will use their grant funding to improve collection efficiency and overall operations at their current food scrap composting operation by adding EZ Screen 600, purchase 50 32-gallon toters, purchase 100 4-gallon compost buckets, and conduct onsite improvements. This will greatly enhance the volume of organics currently collected and result in bigger savings for the Blue Hill Peninsula residents.

ScrapDogs Community Compost, LLC$40,000

Develop a New Satellite Compost Operation

Building on previous successes, ScrapDogs plans to use grant funds to develop a new satellite compost operation in Washington to augment the existing Bo'lait Farm site so that the company may expand their curbside and commercial food collection service to Augusta, Hallowell and Gardiner areas.

Northern Aroostook Solid waste Association (NASWA), Eagle Lake $25,000

Enhance Recycling Infrastructure

NASWA proposes to use grant funds to make significant improvements to the existing recycling infrastructure to increase regional waste diversion efforts

MaineHealth, Portland $31,577.36

Food Scrap Composting and Recycling Upgrades

Waste Diversion Grant funds will enable Maine Medical Center to scale-up a small, staff-initiated recycling and composting program that began at three separate MaineHealth locations to include all MaineHealth facilities located in the Greater Portland area and at Southern Maine Health Care.

Garbage to GardenCity of Sanford, Sanford $29,010.00

Develop a City-Wide Food Scrap Collection Service

The City of Sanford will work in Principal Partnership with Garbage to Garden (based in Portland) to increase organics diversion through development of a comprehensive curbside collection program.

The Department will be announce the next round of Waste Diversion Grants in August.

For additional information, contact: David R. Madore, Deputy Commissioner