JUNE 2008

Composted materials grants offered to Pennsylvania businesses

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (EPA) Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty announced that businesses and nonprofit organizations can now apply for a portion of $400,000 in grants to help increase the use of composted materials in finished products and reduce the amount of organic waste disposed in landfills.

“Organic waste such as food, grass clippings, leaves and brush account for more than one-third of all the trash entering Pennsylvania’s landfills. These grants provide incentives for businesses to find value in these organic materials and turn what was once waste into a useable product,” said McGinty.

McGinty added that diverting organic materials from the waste stream conserves landfill space and saves disposal costs paid by local governments and businesses.

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 finished products. Applications will be accepted until July 18 and are available at www.depweb.state.pa.uskeyword: Compost.

The grant program awards for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations up to $100,000 for projects that incorporate recovered organic materials into products or increase the amount of organic material processed at composting facilities.

Additional consideration will be given to applications that are developed in consultation with the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center. Additional information is available at www.parmc.org.

The program is open to start-up operations, as well as existing compost facilities. Applications will not be accepted from previous grant recipients, although this restriction will be re-evaluated in subsequent grant rounds.