EPA Announces Solid Waste Infrastructure Grants for Recycling Program

Applications Due January 16, 2023

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Image 1 – Phtographic collage of waste stream containing recyclable materials, waste collection containers, and facilities.

The National Association of Counties (NACO) reports that, “the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $55 million in funding under the new Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling (SWIFR) Grant Program, with $40 million available exclusively for political subdivisions of states. The program was authorized in the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act and funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL)…which has provided a total of $275 million for the program from FY22 through FY26. Counties are eligible to apply directly to EPA for funding under the program.” (Read more of NACO’s summary of the SWIFR Grant Program here.)

Under SWIFER, the EPA is soliciting applications for a wide variety of projects that are designed to build and transform solid waste infrastructure in the United States to equitably reduce waste and manage materials to achieve a circular economy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create cleaner, resilient, and healthier communities. It is anticipated that projects will enable the EPA to help eligible partners advance from “where they are” to significantly transform their post-consumer materials management infrastructure.

Projects will create new capacity for, optimize existing capacity of, or identify strategies that result in an

increase in management of post-consumer materials. The EPA also recognizes and encourages applications that demonstrate innovative solutions and programs that provide or increase access to prevention, reuse, recycling, anaerobic digestion, and composting opportunities in areas that currently do not have access.

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