Recycling Equipment Grants

Division of Solid Waste Management

Eligible Applicants:

The Recycling Equipment Grants are available to local governments and nonprofit recycling organizations working with local governments.

Counties and the cities within those counties eligible to receive a recycling rebate, as directed by T.C.A. § 68-211-825(b), are not eligible to receive a recycling equipment grant.  The rebate credits are in lieu of recycling equipment grants.  The following Recycling Rebate counties and cities within those counties for FY 2016-2017 are not eligible for the recycling equipment grant: Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, Rutherford, and Shelby.

Eligible Projects: 

Eligible recycling equipment includes key recycling equipment needed for collection, processing, operations, or to prepare recovered materials for transport and marketing.  Key recycling equipment includes, but is not limited to recycling carts made with recycled content and embedded RFID tags, containers, compactors, balers, glass crushers, densifiers, and sorting systems, fork lifts, and scales.  Collection trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 10,000 pounds or higher will be considered.

There are three priorities for this grant:

  • Applicants that received or were eligible to receive the Recycling Rebate between the Fiscal Years 2011 and 2015
  • Applicants that develop public/private or public/public partnerships
  • Applicants that employ developmentally disabled individuals, as defined in T.C.A. §33-1-101 (11)

Funding & Matching Requirements:

The Department has budgeted $500,000 total for Recycling Equipment Grants.  Of that amount, the Department has allocated $200,000 for rural counties with populations less than or equal to 50,000 and the cities, solid waste authorities, or non-profit organizations within those counties.  Additionally, $300,000 has been allocated for suburban and urban counties with populations of 50,001 or greater and the cities, solid waste authorities, or non-profit organizations within those counties.  No grant may exceed $50,000.  A match of 10%-50% is required as indicated in Attachment 3 Recycling Equipment Grant Match Requirement.

To see what grants are currently being offered please click here.

To obtain applications, please contact Loretta Harrington at (615) 532-0086 or