Administration Supports Growing Recycling Businesses

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Posted: Monday, February 12, 2018 7:37 pm | Updated: 7:40 pm, Mon Feb 12, 2018.

BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration awarded nearly $1 million in grants to six companies under the Commonwealth’s Recycling Business Development Grant program, which will enable the companies to better process and manage food material, wood and bulky plastics. The grant program, administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, will expand the recycling operations and increase the amount and quality of recycling now occurring at Ag-Grid Energy, LLC; Charles George Fitchburg; Martin’s Farm Compost; ReEnergy Roxbury, LLC; United Material Management of Millbury, LLC; and Waste Management Boston CORe.

"Protecting the environment is a fundamental responsibility of state government, public institutions, private businesses and other stakeholders," said Governor Charlie Baker. "Our administration is pleased to support these companies as they grow in their local communities and implement innovative methods and practices that allow us all to achieve our common goal."

"The Recycling Business Development Grant Program helps businesses throughout the Commonwealth develop valuable products, while simultaneously reducing the waste stream," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "Increasing recycling opportunities helps protect our environment and create jobs that strengthen state, regional and local economies."

Significantly, the RBDG program targets difficult-to-recycle materials, including food with contaminants such as plastic, rubber gloves and cutlery; wood; and bulky, rigid plastics. This most-recent round of grants will fund projects that promote materials recovery and will build the state’s infrastructure to better manage these materials. As a condition of receiving funding, grant recipients commit to meeting tonnage goals over a two-year period.

"Independently, one of the more impactful things we can do to protect the environment is to fully participate in local recycling efforts," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Mathew Beaton. "Under this grant program, the businesses selected will complement our individual efforts, adding value to our sustainability efforts and our economy."

"Through our Solid Waste Master Plan, Massachusetts has a goal to reduce our trash by 2 million tons annually by 2020," said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. "Instead of dumping or burning these valuable materials, businesses like these help turn them into new products, valuable compost or a renewable energy source through the anaerobic digestion process."

SOURCE: Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

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