Recycling Grants, Deadline March 19

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has opened its Recycling Infrastructure grant program to assist with recycling infrastructure projects, such as public space recycling, bin-to-cart transitions, public drop-off recycling locations, and recycling site improvements.

A total of $500,000 is available for fiscal year 2019. Eligible entities include: cities, villages, townships, charter townships, counties, tribal governments, municipal solid waste or resource recovery authorities, school districts, health departments, colleges or universities, and regional planning agencies. Funding or program partners may be for-profit or non-profit organizations, but such entities are not eligible to receive grants. The application deadline is March 1, 2019.

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Recycling Grants, Deadline March 19

MDEQ Recycling Grants, Deadline March 9 2018

The MDEQ is offering communities grants to purchase residential recycling carts. Too often, the lack of recycling collection infrastructure prevents valuable recyclable materials from becoming new products manufactured in Michigan. A proven method for increasing recycling is ensuring that community members have convenient access to recycling opportunities. Communities in the Southeastern Oakland Resource Recovery Authority that received DEQ grants for curbside carts have seen trash volumes decrease and recycling volumes increase 30% in just the first few months after cart delivery.

To assist communities with the purchase of residential recycling carts, the DEQ is offering up to $500,000 during fiscal year 2018. Cities, villages, townships, charter townships, counties, tribal governments and/or municipal solid waste or resource recovery authorities are all welcome to apply. Requests for funding will be accepted through March 9, 2018. For more information about the grants program, visit

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MDEQ Recycling Grants, Deadline March 9 2018

MI Recycling Grants, Apps Due March 17

Through the 2017 Recycling Infrastructure Grant Program, the DEQ will provide grants to cities, villages, townships, charter townships, counties, tribal governments, municipal solid waste authorities, resource recovery authorities, non-profit organizations, public school districts, local health departments, and regional planning agencies located in Michigan to fund recycling infrastructure projects. Potential infrastructure projects include, but are not limited to: transition from bins to carts, public space recycling containers, creation or improvement of public drop-off recycling, improving existing infrastructure, food waste projects, and electronic waste projects. Household hazardous waste projects and one-day collection events are not eligible for this grant.

The Recycling Infrastructure and Education Grant Programs together have a total of up to $500,000.00 available for grants in fiscal year 2017. Approximately $250,000 will be available under the Recycling Infrastructure Grant Program. The total grant amount requested can be any amount below a maximum grant amount request of $50,000. Grantees are required to provide local matching funds at least equal to 25% of the total grant budget. Local match funding may be greater than 25% of the total grant budget.

Eligible items (This list is not exhaustive)
–Collection and/or processing equipment such as trucks, containers (ex: residential, food waste, electronic waste, public space, public drop-off sites), bins, balers, grinders, conveyors, etc.
–New or improved structure costs such as new buildings or building improvements, new site development or improvements such as a concrete slab or paving, excluding the purchase of real property.
Ineligible Items (This list is not exhaustive)
–Registrations, licenses or permits, fees, taxes, insurance, installation and training costs, office equipment (including computers), indirect or overhead expenses, grant administration, staff expenses, household hazardous waste projects, one-day collection events, etc.

Grantees must expend grant funding to complete purchases and submit all reimbursement requests by August 31, 2018. This is a condensed version of the grant information. GFA is here to assist you, contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA visit our website at

MI Recycling Grants, Apps Due March 17

Solid Waste Management Assistance Grants, Due April 27

EPA Region 5 is soliciting proposals that address the national Resource Conservation Challenge (RCC) priorities of increasing recycling of municipal solid waste, construction and demolition debris, and industrial materials in Region 5 [Region 5 comprises Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin]. Specific Region 5 priorities are listed in the full text under I. Funding Opportunity Description. This funding supports EPA’s strategic goal of land preservation and restoration. Applicants are encouraged to partner and collaborate with other organizations involved in similar efforts.

EPA solid waste grants generally fund program development or pilot projects which promote waste reduction, recycled-content products, markets for recycled materials, or assist in the development of solid waste management plans and the clean up of open dumping. EPA solid waste funds may pay for a new position, contractor support, the development and printing of public outreach materials, supplies, minor equipment purchases, and project-related travel (e.g., to conduct or attend workshops). Please note that EPA solid waste funds generally cannot pay for large equipment purchases or be used for building or construction.

Special focus area for this solicitation:
1. Mid-Western Collaboration to Support Byproduct Synergy: Byproduct Synergy
(BPS) programs bring businesses, institutions, and governments in a geographic area
together to explore options for improving materials management. They involve
transforming waste from one organization into a feedstock for another process. BPS can
be implemented on its own or as part of a broader industrial ecology or sustainability
program. Implementing organizations vary and include not-for-profits, Manufacturing
Extension Program Centers, academic institutions, and government agencies. Proposals
addressing this priority must increase the effectiveness of byproduct synergy efforts in
Region 5 by:
1. supporting a collaboration of Region 5 byproduct synergy programs
2. developing and piloting a process or system to reduce duplication across
programs and allow sharing of knowledge and expertise on synergies, materials,
and technical and regulatory issues and
3. developing and piloting a data management system that will allow BPS programs
across the region to consistently track environmental and economic results of their
Projects should also include a plan for long term maintenance and improvement of the
collaboration and systems. Proposals should establish a method for measuring any
improvement in effectiveness of participating byproduct synergy efforts in EPA Region
5. Effectiveness can be measured by increases in service by an individual BPS program
that resulted in a greater number of synergies implemented, increase in waste diverted
from disposal, increase in number of partners, increase in number of jobs created or
retained, increase in economic investment, increase in staff level for program
implementation, or other measures determined by the applicant.

2. Collaborative demonstration project to evaluate use of recycled materials in
roadways or infrastructure:
Demonstration projects can provide information needed
by statewide agencies to develop specifications for the use of recycled materials in
roadways and infrastructure. Proposals addressing this priority should increase the
knowledge, understanding, and experience with using recycled materials in construction
of roads or infrastructure in Region 5 by working collaboratively with Region 5 State
Departments of Transportation, Tollway Authorities, Turnpike Commissions and other
statewide or interested local road commissions to identify, design, plan, develop a
funding mechanism for, and initiate a demonstration project that will evaluate the use of
at least 2 recycled materials OR at least 2 different uses of recycled materials AND
produce results that will be acceptable by a majority of the stakeholders to ensure that the
results will be broadly useful for decision-making purposes and development of needed
specifications. Proposals addressing this priority should include:
1. a plan for identifying and engaging stakeholders
2. an approach for identifying materials/applications of interest to stakeholders and
technical issues to be addressed by a demonstration project
3. an approach ensuring interest, support, and acceptance of results by a majority of
the stakeholders.
4. a plan for ensuring the results of the demonstration project are shared with
stakeholders, including those involved with specification development.
5. a plan for developing a funding mechanism for the demonstration.
6. an approach for estimating the current use of the selected materials in Region 5.
Selected materials and applications should be of interest to a majority of the statewide
stakeholders and include at least one of the following materials: foundry sand, postconsumer
asphalt shingles, coal combustion products, recycled concrete aggregate from
external sources, or tires. It must also avoid duplication of other demonstration projects
conducted in similar climates outside of Region 5.

3. Innovative Materials Management at Large Sports Venues: Many opportunities
exist to improve materials management at large professional sports venues (i.e., stadiums,
arenas, tracks with fan capacity greater than 18,000). Encouraging materials reduction,
reuse, recycling, and composting at these facilities can also enhance community waste
reduction programs and capacity. Proposals addressing this priority should demonstrate
and evaluate a new or innovative approach(es) to materials management at a large
professional sports venue(s) in Region 5. Projects can include, but are not limited to, one
or more of the following:
1. working with vendors and/or suppliers to improve sound materials management
with respect to the purchasing, use or recycling/composting of food containers,
food and beverages, souvenirs, packaging, etc.
2. using recycled materials in operations, catering, or construction
3. enhancing a permanent (not a one-time event) recycling and/or food/organics
waste composting program
Proposals should include an estimate of the potential tons of material to be composted,
recycled, reused, and/or rebought during the project period and then annually thereafter.
Projects should demonstrate environmental results by the end of the project period and
provide a method for quantifying environmental improvements (including tons of
material composted, recycled, etc.); financial costs or savings associated with
implementation of the materials management practices; and, if applicable, an analysis of
the potential for jobs creation or loss. Applicants are encouraged to build on existing
tools and resources related to materials management at venues. Projects that address
fan/participant education as a component are encouraged.

Current Closing Date for Applications:
Apr 27, 2010

Funding Instrument Type:
Cooperative Agreement Grant

Estimated Total Program Funding: $100,000
Award Ceiling: $50,000
Award Floor: $15,000

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:

Eligible Applicants
State governments
County governments
City or township governments
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Private institutions of higher education Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)

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Solid Waste Management Assistance Grants, Due April 27

Rooftop Greenery

Noticed any green roofs around you lately? If you haven’t, you may need to take a closer look! Green roofs are popping up all over, large and small. The first photo is a recycling center in Grand Haven (photo: Liveroof website) and the second is the Regatta Building on Union Street in Traverse City (photo: Liveroof website). Not only is Michigan a great spot for viewing green roof examples, it is also a great spot for purchasing green roof materials!

Liveroof, based in Spring Lake MI, is an easily accessible source of green roof supplies. They offer many options for green roof aficionados, including a plant catalog.

Global green roofs is another source, a little further downstate in Grand Rapids:

If you’re ready to delve further into the potential of green roofs, the MDEQ has prepared a primer:

GFA continually strives to make our business practices as green as possible. Internally employees voluntarily recycle paper, batteries, computer equipment and cell phones – recycling around four 50 gallon bags of paper each week. GFA recently made a sizable donation of computer equipment to the Kingsley Area Schools, providing the schools with more computer capacity and saving the used equipment from a landfill. Other green practices include: outdated and obsolete cell phones are donated to local crisis centers for reuse as 911 phones, printed materials are prepared with an eye toward recycling by the end user.

Rooftop Greenery