North Carolina Agency Awards Recycling Grants

About $800,000 in funding was designated for C&D and food waste projects.

June 5, 2012
CDR Staff
Legislation & Regulations

The North Carolina Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach (DEAO) has awarded about $800,000 in grant funding to recycling businesses, leveraging a pledged investment from the selected grantees in cash match of more than $3.5 million.

A focus of the agency’s 2012 Recycling Business Development grant round was on proposals that addressed construction and demolition (C&D) waste recycling and food waste collection and composting. The grants ranged from $2,800 to $40,000 – and if all the projects are successful, will create more than 270,000 tons of additional recycling capacity in North Carolina, according to the agency.

Grant awards came through DEAO’s Recycling Business Assistance Center, with funding from the state’s Solid Waste Management Trust Fund. This trust fund is supported by partial proceeds from a fee on the sale of new tires, a tax on virgin newsprint and an advanced disposal fee on white goods (appliances) and provides funding for a range of solid waste management activities.

“The additional market capacity created by these grants helps to expand local government recycling programs and enhance cost-effective recycling opportunities for citizens, businesses and industries across the state,” says Matt Todd, an industrial specialist in DEAO’s Recycling Business Assistance Center.

Overall, DEAO received 72 proposals requesting $2.3 million in funds. Some highlighted projects include:

•    AAA Hauling of NC in Fayetteville, N.C., received a grant of $40,000 to purchase mobile material handling equipment to move incoming loads of C&D and sorted material.
•    Antique Reclaimed Lumber, Nebo, N.C., received $23,000 to purchase equipment and expand the processing capabilities at its existing wood reclamation facility.
•    Barnhill Contracting, Tarboro, N.C., received a $25,000 grant to install a recycling bin, conveyor and other components to produce asphalt mixes using recycled shingles at its Rocky Mount asphalt plant.
•    Gallins Family Farm in Winston-Salem, N.C., received a $38,700 grant to expand its food waste collection and composting operation with the addition of collection containers, a collection truck modification to include a dump cylinder and the purchase of a bucket loader.
•    Green Recycling Solutions in Maysville, N.C., received a $40,000 grant to purchase recycling equipment and rolling stock to assist in the development of its C&D processing facility.
•    Todco Inc. in Lexington, N.C., received a $40,000 grant to set up a C&D recycling facility to process materials from Davidson County and surrounding areas.