Williston, VT — The Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) is offering grants to help create or improve markets for certain hard-to-recycle waste materials that are generated in Chittenden County. Through the Recycling Market Development Grants Program, CSWD is seeking to support recycling initiatives that address any of three targeted materials: Mattresses, tires, or glass aggregate.
In the coming year, CSWD will invest up to a total of $40,000 into projects that support or develop recycling markets for any of the targeted materials.
Recycling options for these materials in Vermont are limited or non-existent. Mattresses are currently being landfilled; tires are often incinerated in waste-to-energy programs; and the CSWD Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) has struggled to find consistent markets for the glass aggregate it produces.
“It’s important that we support the development of local recycling solutions for materials that make up a significant part of the waste stream, or that have been a problem for us in the past,” says Sarah Reeves, CSWD General Manager.
“There are many factors that challenge the District’s ability to find sustainable recycling outlets for some materials,” says Reeves. “Vermont’s distance from most recycling markets, shipping costs, and our relatively low population density all pose challenges to overcome. We hope this grant program will encourage businesses to invest in markets closer to home, and provide everyone with even more options to recycle.”
Grant applications are due to CSWD by July 18, 2018, with awards to be made in September 2018.
Eligibility and application information is available on the Recycling Market Development Grants Program webpage.