Pennsylvania gives grants to increase use of composted materials
Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell announced the availability of $400,000 in grants that will help businesses increase the use of composted materials in finished products and reduce the disposal of organic waste in landfills.
“Organic wastes, such as food, grass clippings, leaves and brush currently account for more than one-third of all the trash entering Pennsylvania’s landfills,” Governor Rendell said. “These grants will help turn organic materials into soil amendments and garden mulch, and will leverage additional investments by businesses and nonprofits to process and sell the compost.”
The Composting Infrastructure Development Grant Program aims to increase the volume of organic materials being diverted from landfills and helps businesses increase the use of organic materials in the production of finished products. Applications will be accepted until June 28.
The grant program awards for-profit business entities and nonprofit organizations in the commonwealth up to $100,000 for projects that incorporate recovered organic materials into their products or increase the amount of organic material processed at composting facilities. This year the program is open to start-up operations, as well as existing compost facilities.
Additional consideration will be given to applications that are developed in consultation with the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center.
For more information on the grant program, or to obtain a grant application, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword “Compost.”