Notice of Recycling Grant Funding Opportunity for Local Governments

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting applications for a wide variety of projects that are designed to build and transform solid waste infrastructure in the United States to equitably reduce waste and manage materials to achieve a circular economy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create cleaner, resilient, and healthier communities.

Under the Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling (SWIFR) Grant Program for Political Subdivisions of States and Territories, the total estimated funding for this currently available competitive opportunity is approximately $40,000,000. The EPA anticipates awarding approximately 25 assistance agreements under this funding opportunity. The deadline for SWIFR grant applications is February 15, 2023.

Eligible activities include:

  • Innovative solutions and/or programs that provide or increase access to prevention, reuse, and recycling in areas that currently do not have access; including development of and/or upgrades to drop-off and transfer stations (including but not limited to a hub-and-spoke model in rural communities), etc.
  • The purchase of recycling equipment, including but not limited to sorting equipment, waste metering, trucks, processing facilities, etc.
  • Upgrades to material recovery facilities (MRFs) such as optical sorters, artificial intelligence, etc.
  • Development of and/or upgrades to composting facilities or anaerobic digesters to increase capacity for organics recycling.
  • Development of and/or upgrades to curbside collection programs or drop-off stations for organics.
  • Development of and/or upgrades to reuse infrastructure such as online reuse platforms, community repair spaces, technology and equipment to improve materials management reuse options, food donation, and upcycling, staging areas for material reuse/donation, reuse warehouses, and reuse centers, and electronic waste and computer recycling and refurbishing.

For more information, please visit the EPA website.

The grant application is accessible online.