Recycling Grants and Low Interest Loans

The Universal Recycling Grants and Low Interest Loan Program is a competitive program to help implement recycling programs and other initiatives to improve recycling in Delaware.

The program is managed by DNREC and the Recycling Public Advisory Council under the Universal Recycling Act (7 Del. Code, §6055). Grants and low interest loans are available to individuals, schools, organizations, governments and businesses with creative ideas to increase the rate and effectiveness of recycling.

Grant Cycle 9

The Department is now accepting applications for the 9th cycle of funding under the grant and loan program. Up to $390,000 is available to fund projects and activities. The grant application period will run from May 17 to July 12, 2019. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on July 12, 2019.

While this grant cycles emphasizes five priority areas, any project that fits the goals of 7 Del. Code §6055 will be considered. The Grant Guidance Document provides all guidelines for applying to the grant.  Please contact Delaware Recycles with any specific questions you might have about the program. Creativity is encouraged and all eligible applications will be given consideration to the extent resources allow.

Program Areas

School Field Trip Program: Funding for drivers and buses to take all students/classes from a single grade level from every school in Delaware to the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) Education Center.  This program is open to any public or non-public school within Delaware.  Total Funding: $80,000

Food Waste Reduction Initiatives Program: Projects within this category must be directed at ways to help the industry reduce the amount of food waste going to landfills currently in Delaware.  Collaborative projects between industry participants is highly encouraged.  Total Funding: $100,000

Open/Competitive Programs: This category is focused on projects in the following five key areas that the Recycling Public Advisory Council has identified as important. Total Funding: $210,000

  1. Data Analytics
  2. Economic/Recycling Markets Study
  3. Behavior Change
  4. School/University
  5. Municipal/County Government