Recycling grant awards help environment, create jobs and spur economic growth
RALEIGH – Environmental officials say the latest batch of state recycling business grants should help generate more than 84 jobs, $1.6 million in new business investments and a reduction in the state’s dependence on landfill disposal.
The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources say 32 companies will receive a share of the $800,000 in matching grants the state’s Recycling Business Assistance Center awarded this spring. All of the companies will have received the funds by June 30. Recipients must match at least 50 percent of their grant awards.
“These grants will improve one of the state’s fastest growing economies and help protect the environment at the same time,” said Scott Mouw, the state’s recycling coordinator. “They will help capture valuable resources from waste, while creating jobs and new investment in North Carolina communities.”
The Recycling Business Assistance Center grant program is funded through an annual appropriation from the North Carolina General Assembly.
Staff with the department’s Recycling Business Assistance Center, or the RBAC, issue requests for proposal once a year from recycling businesses. The state program evaluates proposals based on how effective the projects will be at helping the business start or expand its recycling efforts, the number of jobs the project is estimated to create and several other factors.
The grant recipients represent large and small companies that collect and process materials into commodities to feed back to the economy. Grantees also include manufacturers who use recycled materials to make new products. Some of the projects receiving grants in 2014 include:
· FFD II DBA Recycle Carolina in Waxhaw, which received a $30,000 grant to install and put into operation a concrete pad for sorting, processing and distribution of construction and demolition recyclable materials. The company estimates the project will create 10 jobs.
· Blow Molded Solutions in Mayodan, which received a $20,262 grant to install an 80,000-pound silo to hold post-consumer, high-density polyethylene to increase recycled content of manufactured goods. The company estimates the project will create four jobs.
· Waste Knot in Charlotte, which received $30,000 to install and operate a horizontal grinder so the company can process more wood waste. The company estimates the grinder will create five new jobs.
· Full Circle Recycle in Zebulon, which received $20,000 to buy a large commercial shredder to improve and expand food waste processing. The company estimates this will create four new jobs.
Grants also were awarded to companies to support additional food waste collection projects, expand compost processing capacity, and buy compactors and conveyors to more efficiently transport commingled recyclable materials. For a complete list of this spring’s award recipients, check out the list on the following pages or RBAC’s web page: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/deao/2014-rbac-grant-winners.