SWANA urges EPA to create grants for municipal recycling

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is urging the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to create a grant application process under new Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding for solid waste prevention, management, and recycling initiatives that will be equitable to communities of all sizes.

SWANA also wants grant funding to go the widest possible categories of infrastructure, education, and outreach programs and projects.

“SWANA is very pleased to provide these comments to EPA on the recycling grant programs,” stated David Biderman, SWANA’s executive director and CEO.

“We expect EPA to swiftly review comments and launch the grant process in the Fall of 2022. There is no time to waste.”

EPA issued a request for information on two grant programs funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and supported by SWANA.

The Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling Grant Program provides $275 million to improve post-consumer materials management and infrastructure.

The Education and Outreach Grant Program provides $75 million for programs to inform the public about waste prevention and recycling to increase collection rates and decrease contamination.