Representative Muradian Pleased to Announce 2015 Municipal Recycling Grants

October 1st 2015 BOSTONRepresentative David K. Muradian, Jr. (R-Grafton) is pleased to announce that the Towns of Grafton and Upton will both be receiving funding through the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) to help maximize recycling, composting and waste reduction programs.

The Recycling Dividends Program (RDP), one of the funds under the SMRP, recognizes municipalities that have implemented policies and programs proven to maximize the reuse and recycling of materials, as well as a waste reduction. The RDP funds must be reinvested in recycling programs for things such as new recycling bins or carts, public education and outreach campaigns, collection of hard-to-recycle items and the establishment of recycling programs in schools, municipal buildings and other public spaces. Another portion of the SMRP is the “Small-Scale Initiative Grants,” which are awarded by population and are dedicated to helping communities purchase modest, but critical recycling materials and outreach tools needed to sustain existing recycling programs.

“These recycling grants will go very far to help Grafton and Upton keep their recycling programs thriving,” state Rep. Muradian. “These grants will ensure that the towns can continue to discover new, cost-efficient, and innovative ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle.” 

The towns of Grafton and Upton, which both have established recycling programs, will receive the following:

Municipality

RDP Payment

Small-Scale Payment

Total

Grafton

$2,800

$1,250

$4,050

Upton

$2,800

$750

$3,550

 “Some of the most important environmental protection work happens every day in communities across the Commonwealth,”stated Governor Charlie Baker. “With this assistance, we are ensuring that local officials, residents and small business owners can continue to protect our neighborhoods and natural resources.”

 “The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to reducing trash disposal by 30 percent below 2010 levels, which is about 2 million tons per year.” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “Every ton of material that is recycled instead of disposed as trash puts resources back into the Massachusetts economy and supports local businesses throughout the collection, processing and manufacturing chain. The RDP helps communities leverage the benefits of increased recycling for a healthier economy and environment.”

The RDP was rolled out in 2014 as the newest initiative under MassDEP’s Sustainable Materials Recovery Program, which was created by the Green Communities Act of 2008. The Act requires that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Waste Energy Certificates (WECs) be directed to recycling programs approved by MassDEP.

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