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