Grant Details

CSWD is offering $40,000 in grants to help Chittenden County businesses, institutions, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations purchase recycling and food-scrap collection containers or unified waste stations for use on site by their employees, customers, students or the general public. If for use by employees or students, the containers or stations must be accessible and intended for use by all employees or students in a unit or group.

The purpose of this grant program is to increase the diversion of recyclables and compostables from landfills by improving the available infrastructure. This money is also available to help municipalities comply with Act 148 requirements for all publicly owned property to provide a recycling receptacle next to every trash receptacle by July 1, 2015. Grant applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are disbursed, or until June 15, 2015.

Eligibility and Award Details

Funds may be used to pay up to 40% of the cost of all eligible containers including shipping but excluding sales tax. Each applicant is eligible for a maximum of $5,000 in this round of funding.

Recycling containers purchased with grant funds must:

  1. Be paired with a trash container, or be part of a unified “waste station” that includes both trash and recycling disposal components that cannot be separated.
  2. Have a restricted opening.
  3. If part of a unified station, the recycling component or opening must be defined by a medium or royal blue outline or markings.
  4. Be constructed from a minimum of 25% post-consumer recycled content.
  5. Be used only in Chittenden County and for the purpose awarded for at least five years.
  6. Be purchased and in use by June 30, 2015.
  7. Be clearly labeled with a decal that lists all acceptable materials. CSWD will supply for no charge. Decals you or the container vendor supply must be approved by CSWD before use. All decals and signage must incorporate the Act 148 universal recycling symbol.

Food scrap collection containers purchased with grant funds must:

  1. Be placed as close to trash and recycling containers as possible in order to provide equally convenient access to users.
  2. If part of a unified station, the compost component or opening must be defined by a green outline or markings OR be labeled with a green Act 148 universal composting symbol.
  3. Be used only in Chittenden County and for the purpose awarded for at least five years.
  4. Be purchased and in use by June 30, 2015.
  5. Be clearly labeled with a green decal or signage that lists all acceptable materials (your own pre-approved by CSWD or one available at no charge from CSWD).
  6. Preference will be given to grant requests specifying food scrap collection containers with post-consumer recycled content.

Applicants may request 40% grant funding for any number of containers. Grant funds may be applied toward the purchase price including shipping.

Grants will be paid upon receipt of a copy of the invoice.

Containers purchased with the grant funds are the property and responsibility of the grantee. Terms will be negotiated through a grant agreement.

How To Apply

Please complete and submit the online Grant Application Form to apply for funding.

Terms of Acceptance/Rejection

Review of applications will be based upon how well the applicants meet the requirements and intent of the Recycling and Compost Container Grant Program. CSWD is the sole authority responsible for the approval of applications and reserves the right to reject any or all applications.

For More Information

Questions concerning the Recycling and Compost Container Grant Program should be directed to the CSWD Business Outreach Coordinator at 802-872-8100 x237,¬† or choose “grant inquiries” from the drop-down list on our Contact Form.

See the Grant Containers page for examples of recycling and composting containers that could work well for your program. Qualifying containers are not limited to these examples.

Deadline

Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are disbursed or until June 15, 2015.

Limitation of Liability

CSWD assumes no responsibility or liability for costs incurred by parties in preparing or submitting applications for Recycling and Compost Container Grants.