TDEC to Accept Applications for Recycling, Used Oil, Waste Reduction Grants

Thursday, July 02, 2015 | 9:51am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC)’s Division of Solid Waste Management will accept applications for Recycling, Used Oil and Waste Reduction Grants beginning July 1, 2015. 
 
The department is contacting local communities about grant availability and will host workshops to help communities understand the application process. The deadline to submit an application is October 1, 2015 by 4:30 p.m. CDT. Workshop times and locations are to be announced.
 
Recycling, Used Oil and Waste Reduction grant programs were authorized by the Solid Waste Management Act of 1991 and funded by the Tennessee Solid Waste Management Fund. The fund, which is administered by TDEC, receives its revenues from a state surcharge on each ton of municipal solid waste disposed in landfills and from a fee collected from new tires sold in Tennessee. The used oil grants are authorized by the Used Oil Collection Act and funded by the Used Oil Collection Fund. The Used Oil Collection Fund receives its revenues from a $0.02 fee on each quart of oil sold at wholesale.
 
Recycling directly impacts more than 30 manufacturers in Tennessee who use materials collected in their manufacturing process. These manufacturers provide more than 6,500 jobs to Tennessee and generate more than $4.3 billion dollars in annual sales according to a study by the Southeast Recycling Development Council (SERDC). To support these manufacturing companies and the Governor’s Jobs4TN plan, the Division of Solid Waste Management desires to assist by offering grants to increase collection of recyclable materials needed to feed these facilities.
 
About the Grants:

Recycling Equipment Grant

The Recycling Equipment Grants are available to local governments and nonprofit recycling organizations working with local governments. Grant funds may be used to purchase key pieces of equipment to establish new recycling programs, to improve existing operations or to prepare recyclable materials for transport or sale. The grant program helps encourage recycling and reduces the amount of solid waste going into Tennessee landfills.
 
The Department has allocated $200,000 for this offering for FY 2015-2016. No grant may exceed $25,000. A local match of 10 to 50 percent is required based on an economic index that includes factors such as per capita income and property values in the jurisdiction to be served. Blount, Hamilton, Knox, Loudon, Madison, Montgomery, Rutherford, Shelby, Sullivan, and Williamson and their Cities are not eligible.
 
Funds can be used to purchase containers, balers, crushers, and grinders. Chassis cab trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or higher will be considered. There are three priorities for this grant:

  • Applicants that employ developmentally disabled individuals, as defined in T.C.A. §33-1-101 (10).
  • Applicants that develop public/private partnerships.
  • Applicants that establish a new plastics/aluminum beverage containers or paper/fiber recycling program. 

Used Oil Grant

The Used Oil Grants are available to local governments to establish collection centers for do-it-yourself used oil or to improve or replace collection equipment at an existing used oil collection center.

The Department has allocated $1,500,000 for this offering for FY 2015-2016.  Grants may be awarded for $50,100 per collection center. Three priorities have been established for this offering:

  • First priority will be given to establish an oil collection center in a new convenience center.
  • Second priority will be given to upgrade or replace existing equipment at collection centers not currently meeting the standards specified in the Used Oil Collection & Recycling Grant Program Requirements.
    • Third priority will be given to establish a Do It Yourself “DIY” used oil collection at a recycling center, solid waste collection facility, or other publically owned facility.

This is a non-matching grant.

Waste Reduction Grant

The Waste Reduction Grants are available to Tennessee counties, cites, solid waste authorities and organizations which have been determined to be tax exempt nonprofit recycling organizations by the Internal Revenue Service may apply for grants under T.C.A. §68-211-825. This also includes the Recycling Rebate counties/cities. The Department has allocated $1,000,000 for this offering for FY 2015-2016. No Grants shall exceed $200,000. A local match of 10 to 50 percent is required based on an economic index that includes factors such as per capita income and property values in the jurisdiction to be served.
 
Funds can be used to purchase containers, balers, crushers, sorter, densifiers, and grinders. Collection trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or higher will be considered. Construction, expansion and improvements of waste reduction facilities will also be considered. There are three priorities for this grant:

  • Applicants that employ developmentally disabled individuals, as defined in T.C.A. §33-1-101 (10).
  • Applicants that develop public/private partnerships.
  • Applicants demonstrate that the proposed equipment or facility will build lasting capacity in their program to support the Region’s Solid Waste Plan and the State 2015-2025 Solid Waste and Material Management Plan Objectives

Recycling Rebate

The Recycling Rebates are available for the top eleven (11) counties or cities which generate the greatest amount of solid waste. The following Recycling Rebate counties and cities within those counties for FY 2014-2015 are eligible for the recycling rebates: Blount, Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, Loudon, Madison, Montgomery, Rutherford, Shelby, Sullivan, and Williamson.
 
The Department has allocated $300,000 for this offering for FY 2015-2016.  Recycling Rebate program applications are due on Thursday, October 1, 2015. Recycling rebates may be used for any recycling purpose. These purposes include establishing new programs/collection sites; preparing recovered materials for transport and marketing; identifying markets for recovered materials; and developing educational programs for adults and children to help them understand solid waste issues, management options and costs and the value of waste reduction and recycling.
 
Rebate recipients are required to provide a dollar for dollar match for funds requested.  Matching costs will be documented at the time of reimbursement of eligible costs.  Each county’s allocation of funding is based on the formula in T.C.A. §68-211-825 (b).  A city’s allocation is based on population within the county.
 
To obtain applications, please contact Loretta Harrington at (615) 532-0086 or Solid.Waste@tn.gov. For more information, visit http://tn.gov/environment/article/sw-solid-waste-grants.