Barnstable, MA – Barnstable County is pleased to announce that the Cape and Islands have been awarded a total of $516,463 through the MassDEP’s 2019 Recycling Dividends Program (RDP) under the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP). SMRP Grants support local recycling, composting/organics, reuse, source reduction, policy development and enforcement activities that increase diversion and reduce disposal. These funds enhance Barnstable County Government’s effort to provide technical assistance on waste reduction and recycling to towns across the Cape and the Islands.
MassDEP Sustainable Materials Recovery Program Grants (Round 1)
Announced October 9, 2019
21 out of 23 municipalities in the southeastern, Massachusetts district received $217,700 for best management practices at their municipal recycling programs. Best management practices include programs such as, ‘pay as you throw, swap shops, food waste and organics collections, adoption of private hauler regulations, household hazardous waste events, centers for hard to recycle materials, and many more.
MassDEP Sustainable Materials Recovery Program Grants (Round 2)
Announced – November 15, 2019 on America Recycles Day
Towns across the Cape and Islands received $299,463 for implementation of programs such as mattress recycling, ‘pay as you throw’, sheds for universal waste, and source-separated glass collection.
This is the second year that all 15 towns of Barnstable County were awarded RDP funds. Nantucket joins the MassDEP grant program for the first time, and the towns of Oak Bluffs and Tisbury rejoin after several years.
Listed below are the towns and awards received:
Kari Parcell, Barnstable County Cape Cod Cooperative Extension’s Municipal Assistance Coordinator, provides technical assistance to communities in managing recycling and waste disposal challenges and acts as a resource in assisting municipalities in applying for SMRP grant funding. Parcell says,” With these funds, MassDEP has responded to the respective needs and challenges of the 21 municipalities, and this will help improve and expand programs at these solid waste facilities. Congratulations to all the towns and their hard work!”