MDEQ announces $2 million in funding opportunities to grow recycling markets

For Immediate Release:
April 4, 2019

For More Information:
Matt Flechter, Recycling Market Development Specialist,, 517‑614‑7353
MDEQ Media Office,, 517-284-9278

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) today announced $2,000,000 in funding available to support the growth of recycling markets in Michigan. To encourage recycling market development projects, the 2019 Recycling Market Development Grants will provide support to for-profit and non-profit businesses and organizations located in Michigan

“A material is not truly recycled until it is transformed into a new product or use,” said Matt Flechter, MDEQ Recycling Market Development Specialist. “Those new uses save energy, reduce water consumption, decrease greenhouse gas, and conserve resources, while creating jobs and growing the economy. That is why Michigan is investing in the growth of the recycling industry.”

The grants will support research of new uses for recycled materials, commercialization of technologies to replace materials with recycled content, and increase the demand of recycled materials needed for manufacturing or other uses. Market Development projects may include, but are not limited to, materials testing and specification development, market analyses, marketing of products, usage guidance, research and development of new products using recycled content, processing equipment, use trials, and other activities that will increase use of recycled materials. 

Requests for funding will be accepted through June 6, 2019. To view the Market Development Grant details and for more information about the grants program, visit

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