Recycling Equipment Grant

Division of Solid Waste Management

Eligible Applicants:

Tennessee counties, cities, solid waste authorities and organizations which have been determined to be tax exempt nonprofit recycling organizations who are designated as 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service may apply for grants under T.C.A. § 68-211-825.

Counties and the cities within those counties eligible to receive a recycling rebate, as directed by T.C.A. § 68-211-825(b), are not eligible to receive a recycling equipment grant.  The rebate credits are in lieu of recycling equipment grants.  The following Recycling Rebate counties and cities within those counties for FY 2017-2018 are not eligible for the recycling equipment grant: Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, Rutherford, and Shelby.

There are three priorities for this grant:

  • Applicants that received or were eligible to receive the Recycling Rebate between the Fiscal Years 2011 and 2015
  • Applicants that develop public/private or public/public partnerships
  • Applicants that employ developmentally disabled individuals, as defined in T.C.A. §33-1-101 (11)

Eligible Projects: 

Eligible recycling equipment includes key recycling equipment needed for collection, processing, operations, or to prepare recovered materials for transport and marketing.  Key recycling equipment includes, but is not limited to recycling carts made with recycled content and embedded RFID tags, containers, compactors, balers, glass crushers, densifiers, and sorting systems, and fork lifts.  Collection trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 10,000 pounds or higher will be considered.

Equipment that causes the applicant to directly compete with existing private enterprises in the applicant’s geographical area (T.C.A. § 68-211-825(a)) is not eligible under this grant.  Other ineligible requests include collection trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) less than 10,000 pounds, measurement equipment eligible in the FY2018 Measurement Grant, and any equipment that aides in increased disposal of materials in Class I disposal facilities. 

Furthermore, applicants previously awarded a Recycling Equipment Grant from the Solid Waste Management Fund in the last two years that are currently under contract with open balances or who have failed to meet the obligations of additional Division of Solid Waste grant contracts are ineligible.

Funding & Matching Requirements:

The Department has budgeted $500,000 total for Recycling Equipment Grants.  Of that amount, the Department has allocated $200,000 for rural counties with populations less than or equal to 50,000 and the cities, solid waste authorities, or non-profit organizations within those counties.  Additionally, $300,000 has been allocated for suburban and urban counties with populations of 50,001 or greater and the cities, solid waste authorities, or non-profit organizations within those counties.  No grant may exceed $50,000.  A match of 10%-50% is required as indicated in Recycling Equipment Grant Match Requirement document found in the Budget and Attachments tab of the TDEC Online Grants System.

Grant awards will be made based on the estimates included in the grant application and will not be increased.  It is important that applicants research the equipment they are seeking to purchase and obtain accurate price information prior to submitting their application.  Only equipment identified in the application will be funded so proper planning and research should be done by applicant before submitting application.

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If you are interested in applying for this grant offering, please register and apply via the TDEC Online Grants System

Please contact Loretta Harrington at (615) 532-0086 or Solid.Waste@tn.gov for additional information.