RALEIGH – In its latest round of grants to North Carolina recycling businesses, the N.C. Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach has awarded about $800,000 in grant funding, leveraging a pledged investment from the selected grantees in cash match of more than $3.5 million.
A focus of the 2012 Recycling Business Development grant round was on proposals that addressed construction and demolition (C&D) waste recycling, and food waste collection and composting. The grants ranged from $2,800 to $40,000 – and if all the projects are successful, will create more than 270,000 tons of additional recycling capacity in North Carolina.
Grant awards came through DEAO’s Recycling Business Assistance Center, with funding from the state Solid Waste Management Trust Fund. This trust fund is supported by partial proceeds from a fee on the sale of new tires, a tax on virgin newsprint and an advanced disposal fee on white goods (appliances), and provides funding for a range of solid waste management activities.
“The additional market capacity created by these grants helps to expand local government recycling programs and enhance cost-effective recycling opportunities for citizens, businesses and industries across the state,” said Matt Todd, an industrial specialist in DEAO’s Recycling Business Assistance Center.
Overall, DEAO received 72 proposals requesting $2.3 million in funds. Some highlighted projects include:
- AAA Hauling of NC in Fayetteville received a grant of $40,000 for the purchase of mobile material handling equipment to more efficiently move incoming loads of C&D and sorted material.
- Antique Reclaimed Lumber in Nebo received $23,000 to purchase equipment and expand the processing capabilities at its existing wood reclamation facility.
- Barnhill Contracting in Tarboro received a $25,000 grant to install a recycling bin, conveyor and other components to produce asphalt mixes using recycled shingles at its Rocky Mount asphalt plant.
- Gallins Family Farm in Winston-Salem received a $38,700 grant to expand its food waste collection and composting operation with the addition of collection containers, a collection truck modification to include a dump cylinder, and the purchase of a bucket loader.
- Green Recycling Solutions in Maysville received a $40,000 grant to purchase recycling equipment and rolling stock to assist in the development of its C&D processing facility.
- Todco Inc. in Lexington received a $40,000 grant to set up a C&D recycling facility to process materials from Davidson County and surrounding areas.
A full list of projects that received grants can be found online athttp://portal.ncdenr.org/web/deao/2012-rbac-grant-winners. For more information please contact Matt Todd with the Recycling Business Assistance Center at 919-707-8137 firstname.lastname@example.org.