DEQ Offers Grants for Recycling Infrastructure

For Immediate Release
November 21, 2018 

Elizabeth Garver, Recycling Specialist,, 586-753-3837
DEQ Media Office,, 517-284-9278

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced that it will offer recycling grants next year as part of Michigan’s effort to increase the recycling rate and ensure convenient recycling access for all state residents and visitors. The Recycling Infrastructure Grants will bolster local recycling programs and are designed  to support the state’s goal of achieving a 45 percent recycling rate. The grants are part of the DEQ’s fiscal year 2019 sustainability grants, which also includes scrap tire cleanup grants and scrap tire market development grants.

The grant funding to assist communities and organizations to improve recycling infrastructure is a key part of Governor Rick Snyder’s Recycling Initiative.

"Growing recycling infrastructure helps to move valuable recyclable materials into new products manufactured in Michigan," said Jack Schinderle, Director of the Waste Management and Radiological Protection Division.

To assist with recycling infrastructure projects, such as public space recycling, bin-to-cart transitions, public drop-off recycling locations, recycling site improvements and many more, the DEQ is offering up to $500,000 during fiscal year 2019 in Recycling Infrastructure Grants. Eligible entities include: cities, villages, townships, charter townships, counties, tribal governments, municipal solid waste or resource recovery authorities, school districts, health departments, colleges or universities, and regional planning agencies. Funding or program partners may be for-profit or non-profit organizations, but such entities are not eligible to receive grants. Requests for funding are now being accepted. The application deadline is March 1, 2019.

To view the Request for Proposals and for more information about the grants program, visit


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