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February 2007

Massachusetts awards recycling grants

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) acting commissioner Arleen O'Donnell announced grant awards totaling $175,000 to 6 companies to increase the amount of materials they recycle under the Recycling Industries Reimbursement Credit (RIRC) grant program.

These six grants will enable recycling companies to increase their recycling of difficult-to-recycle materials that would otherwise be disposed of in landfills or incinerators.

As a condition of receiving funding, grant recipients this year will provide $3.3 million in matching funds and commit to meeting a total tonnage reduction goal of 15,000 tons per year for a two-year period.

Receiving the fiscal year 2007 RIRC Grant Awards are:

Agresource of Amesbury, which will conduct testing of food waste and compost made from food waste to help assure quality and produce a higher value product, diverting up to 7,308 tons of food waste per year. The grant award is $5,000, with matching funds totaling another $5,000.

EL Harvey & Sons of Westborough, which will purchase a conveyor system to sort an additional 307 tons per year of clean wood from construction and demolition debris to make mulch. Grant award is $45,000, with matching funds totaling $2 million.

Environmental Recovery & Consolidation Services of North Reading, which will purchase a baler and conveyor system to process an additional 2,520 tons per year of used carpet to be sorted and sold to plastics manufacturers. Grant award is $45,000, with matching funds totaling $342,000.

FCR of Boston, which will purchase an optical scanner used for sorting an additional 471 tons per year of mixed plastics from curbside residential recycling programs. Grant award is $13,000, with matching funds totaling $342,000.

Lorusso Materials Corporation of Plainville, which will purchase washing equipment to process an additional 3,000 tons per year of street sweepings to be used as traction products on roadways. Grant award is $32,000, with matching funds totaling $70,000.

ProPel Plastech of South Deerfield, which will purchase a grinder to process an additional 2,000 tons per year of mixed plastics from manufacturers into feedstocks used to make new plastic products. Grant award is $35,000, with matching funds totaling $800,000.

Since its inception in 1999, RIRC has provided 57 grants for a total of $2.25 million and leveraged matching funds of $8.4 million.

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