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Press Release: Now Open: 2019 Grant Applications to Improve Residential Curbside Cart Recycling Program

FALLS CHURCH, VA (April 25, 2019) – The Recycling Partnership opened up grant applications today for the 2019 Residential Curbside Recycling Cart Grant Program, offering more funding and flexibility for advancing cart-based curbside recycling in communities across the United States through financial and technical assistance. With the release of this Request for Proposals (RFP), The Recycling Partnership (The Partnership) presents a unique opportunity for communities to apply for grant funding to convert bin or bag-based curbside recycling programs to carts or to implement new cart-based curbside recycling programs.

“Cart-based recycling collection is safer and more efficient.  Curbside recycling with carts costs communities less because of fewer worker’s compensation claims, lower insurance premiums and better route efficiencies, which translates to less fuel, maintenance and overhead for public recycling programs,” said Rob Taylor, Director of Grants and Community Development at The Recycling Partnership.  “In addition, residents can more easily fit all of their recyclables into one container, then simply roll those items to the curb – anything that makes it easier for residents to recycle means less trash in our landfills.”

Through the Recycling Partnership’s funding initiatives, more than 450,000 new carts have been introduced in the United States over the last four years. This grant program has been substantially revised for 2019 with the intention of accommodating a wide variety of strategies for implementing cart-based recycling collection. With this increased flexibility, The Recycling Partnership hopes to engage with more communities across the country to advance residential recycling.

“Implementing curbside recycling with carts is an exciting, high-profile initiative that can have huge cost savings and requires a high degree of readiness and commitment on the part of an applicant community’s elected officials, community leadershipand those involved with the community’s recycling program, including hauler(s) and materials recovery facilities (MRF),” said Cody Marshall, Chief Strategic Engagement Officer at The Recycling Partnership.  “The more we recycle, the more we reduce pollution and conserve resources. It’s directly connected to greenhouse gas, water, and energy savings. The approximately 450,000 carts we have deployed over the past four years equates to 170,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions (carbon dioxide) avoided.”

2019 Curbside Cart Program General Grant Eligibility Requirements

Three Updates to the Curbside Cart RFP

  1. No minimum community size requirement.
  2. Funding available for a full-cart distribution is increasing from $7 per cart to $15 per cart.
  3. There is more funding flexibility. If your community is not ready to roll carts out to every home, we can now provide funding for a variety of cart distribution approaches. See table for breakdown.

The level of funding available to support the procurement of recycling carts varies based on the implementation strategy selected by the community.

To learn more, please visit our list of frequently asked questions.

Summary of Funding Options and Maximum Grants Available

Previously, The Partnership required that grant applicants agree to automatically deliver recycling carts to every household within their jurisdiction.  The new grant program, however, allows communities to consider different implementation strategies — from providing every household a cart, to implementing in phases, or even allowing citizens to opt-in or out of recycling service.

The various strategies are valued differently in terms of grant funding availability based on their effectiveness when it comes to encouraging recycling behavior to the largest number of residents and diverting recyclable materials from landfills on a community-wide scale.

“The Recycling Partnership is transforming recycling for good by making sure every American can recycle, and recycles all that they can,” said Keefe Harrison, CEO of The Recycling Partnership. “Our recent research shows that Americans value recycling and expect that products should be recyclable and that communities will provide curbside recycling pickup.”

The Partnership intends to award funding for Residential Curbside Recycling Cart Grants on a rolling basis.

About The Recycling Partnership

The Recycling Partnership (recyclingpartnership.org) is a national nonprofit organization that leverages corporate partner funding to transform recycling for good in states, cities and communities all across America. As the only organization in the country that engages the full recycling supply chain from the corporations that manufacture products and packaging to local governments charged with recycling to industry end markets, haulers, material recovery facilities, and converters; The Recycling Partnership positively impacts recycling at every step in the process. The Recycling Partnership has served more than 1,000 communities and counting with best-in-class tools, data, resources and technical support, helped place 500,000 recycling carts, reached 50 million households, and helped companies and communities invest more than $37 million in recycling infrastructure.In doing so, The Recycling Partnership has created meaningful social, environmental, and economic change. By the end of 2019, the nonprofit change agent estimates it will have diverted 230 million pounds of new recyclables, saved 465 million gallons of water, avoided 250 thousand metric tons of GHG, and driven significant reductions in targeted contamination rates.