Rep. Straus (D-Mattapoisett) is pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has awarded recycling program grants to the towns of Fairhaven ($12,100), Marion ($750), Mattapoisett ($5,400) and New Bedford ($84,500). The monies awarded will provide the municipalities funds for designated activities and equipment that facilitate best practices in their respective waste reduction programs.
The Recycling Dividends Grant Program (RDP) provides payments to those cities and towns that have existing policies to enhance reuse, recycling, and waste reduction. Allowable expenses under the program include recycling carts, bins, and/or other collection containers, special event recycling, and signage for schools, residents, municipal buildings, businesses, and public spaces. Since 2014, MassDEP has awarded more than $5 million in RDP payments.
“These awards reflect the time and effort of the residents and officials who have made waste reuse and recycling a priority, and I commend the recipients for taking full advantage of this merit-based program,” said Rep. Straus.