PHOENIX (Oct. 3, 2023) – After a decade-long hiatus, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is proud to announce the return of its popular Recycling Grant Program. With over $1 million in available funding, ADEQ is committed to supporting and strengthening recycling initiatives across Arizona.
“The Recycling Grant Program is more than just funding; it’s an opportunity for every corner of our great state. Many Arizona communities, especially those in rural areas, have faced barriers in accessing recycling resources. This grant demonstrates ADEQ’s dedication to closing those gaps and ensuring everyone has access to the tools, education and technology needed to promote a sustainable future,” said ADEQ Cabinet Executive Officer Karen Peters.
The approximate $1 million in grant funding is available to be awarded in three main categories:
* Waste Reduction Assistance (WRA): Funds initiatives like curbside recycling and household hazardous waste collections to majorly curb the solid waste stream.
* Waste Reduction Initiative Through Education (WRITE): Funds education efforts to teach Arizonans about proper disposal of solid waste, as well as recycling campaigns and outreach programs to encourage participation in recycling.
* Recycling Research & Development (RR&D): Funds development of new tools, products and information to assist in diverting material from landfills by using that material to create new products or by improving old technologies.
Grant application materials can be found at azdeq.gov/recyclinggrants. Completed applications are due by Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, 3 p.m. MST.
“This is a golden opportunity for political subdivisions of the State of Arizona, private enterprises, local nonprofits and Arizona’s Tribal Governments to enhance their recycling endeavors! We’re collectively paving a path to take the burden off our landfills and work towards a more sustainable future,” said ADEQ Recycling Coordinator J.B. Shaw.
The return of the Recycling Grant Program provides an opportunity for small communities to create and enhance existing recycling efforts, as well as helps larger communities’ ongoing efforts to minimize landfill waste. ADEQ encourages all organizations, counties, cities, towns, Tribal governments, nonprofit organizations and private businesses with innovative recycling and circular economy ideas to apply for funding.