DEP seeks grant proposals for recycling and organics management

March 12, 2019

Contact: David Madore, Communications Director, (207) 287-5842

AUGUSTA, March 12, 2019 - The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is soliciting grant proposals to support the development, implementation or improvement of programs, initiatives or activities designed to increase the diversion of solid waste from disposal.

In 2018, the DEP awarded a total of $89,000 to six grantees for waste diversion projects. These grants are supporting the development of two regional composting facilities, expansions of a municipal reuse program and a municipal composting program, year-round composting at University of Maine - Presque Isle, and a pilot project to establish a system for recycling PVC fencing and siding.

A copy of the RFP, as well as the Question & Answer Summary and all amendments related to this RFP, can be obtained at the following website:

All interested municipalities, regional associations, counties and Maine businesses are encouraged to apply. The DEP will award multiple grants of up to $40,000 ($111,000 total), and prefers proposals that:

  • take advantage of regional economies of scale,
  • increase organics management and recycling infrastructure in underserved areas of the state,
  • promote waste reduction through reuse, repair and sharing economy initiatives,
  • address a statewide need, and/or
  • expand the types of materials managed through composting and recycling.

Application details on the RFP # 201902030 - "Waste Diversion Grants Program" are available on-line at Request for Proposals, Maine DEP. Questions on the RFP must be submitted by April 12th, and proposals must be submitted electronically by 4:00 p.m. April 26th.