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Waste Reduction Grants

Division of Solid Waste Management

Eligible Applicants:  

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. 

Eligible Projects:

Eligible waste reduction equipment includes key equipment needed to establish new collection or
processing capacity, to improve existing collection or processing operations, or to prepare materials for transport and marketing. Eligible facilities shall receive and distribute materials for waste reduction purposes. 

Eligible equipment request includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Roll carts made with recycled content and embedded RFID tags
  • Containers made with recycled content if possible
  • Grinders
  • Chippers
  • Waste-to-energy, such as gasification boiler and densifiers
  • Forklifts
  • Skid steer loaders
  • Collection trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 10,000 pounds or higher will be considered

Eligible facilities requests include, but are not limited to:

  • Site and design plans for waste reduction activities
  • Site preparation for waste reduction activities
  • Consultant and construction services for waste reduction activity facilities

Ineligible requests include:

  • Collection trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) less than 10,000 pounds
  • Balers
  • Shredders
  • Sorters
  • Separators
  • Crushers/pulverizers
  • Conveyors
  • Facilities used for long-term storage
  • Equipment or facilities that aid in increased disposal of material in Class I disposal  facilities or directly compete with existing private enterprises in the applicant's geographical area (T.C.A.  §68-211-825(a))

There are three priorities for this grant: 

 Applicants that are located in the following distressed counties:

Bledsoe Campbell Clay Cocke
Fentress Grundy Hancock Hardeman
Haywood Houston Jackson Lake
Lauderdale McNairy Morgan Perry
Scott Van Buren Wayne  

Applicants that are located in the following top 5 counties by population:

Davidson Hamilton
Knox Rutherford

Applicants that develop public-private partnerships that contribute resources to the project. This partnership may include match funding, contracting, or other contributions through the partnership.

Funding & Matching Requirements: 

The Department has allocated $3,000,000 for this offering for FY 2018-2019.  The Waste Reduction Grant takes this into consideration by providing two competitive funding allocations for applicants based upon the Four Tiers of an Integrated Solid Waste Management System, found in Table VI-1 of the 2025 Plan (pages 144-149).

  • Rural counties with populations less than or equal to 50,000 and the cities, solid waste authorities, or non-profit organizations within those counties. Total grant offering is $1,000,000.  Funding maximum per applicant is $200,000.  Tiers 1 and 2 will compete with each other.
  • Suburban and urban counties with populations of 50,001 or greater and the cities, solid waste authorities, or non-profit organizations within those counties.  Total grant offering is $2,000,000.  Funding maximum per applicant is $500,000.  Tiers 3 and 4 will compete with each other.  

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.