The Recycling Partnership Residential Curbside Recycling Cart Grant

The purpose of the Residential Curbside Recycling Cart Grant Program is to advance recycling in communities across the United States by offering financial and technical assistance to support the implementation of cartbased curbside recycling. This Request For Proposals (RFP) offers communities the chance to apply for grant funding to support the acquisition of recycling carts with the goal of bringing high quality cart-based curbside recycling service to households across the United States. The Recycling Partnership seeks to expand access to cart based recycling collection by converting bin or bag-based curbside recycling collection programs to cartbased collection, or by supporting the implementation of new curbside recycling programs using cart-based

Eligible Recipients:

Grant funding is available to support publicly sponsored curbside recycling programs. The applicant must be a local government, solid waste authority, or federally recognized tribe. Funding is only available to communities seeking to implement cart-based curbside recycling programs. Grant funding is not available to replace existing carts, to support the purchase of carts for waste or organics collection, or to support the collection of recyclables from businesses, schools, or institutions. The grant program offers funding to support the purchase of recycling carts and to implement recycling education and outreach efforts. Grants are not available for education and outreach alone.

Eligible Projects:
Cart Size and Cart-Related Requirements – The following cart requirements must be met:
a. Communities offering weekly collection of recyclables are required to provide residents with a cart that is at
least 60+ gallons in volume.
b. Communities offering every other week collection of recyclables are required to provide residents with a cart that is at least 90+ gallons in volume.
c. Exceptions to Size Requirements: Communities may offer accommodations to households with residents
who are not physically able to move standard sized recycling carts to the designated area for collection. In such cases, smaller carts may be acceptable provided that the community has established clear eligibility criteria for who may recycle using smaller carts and under what conditions.
d. Recycling carts purchased with Residential Curbside Recycling Cart Grant funding must be manufactured with a minimum of five percent (5%) residential post-consumer recycled plastic content based on the weight of the entire mass of the body, lid and wheels. To qualify as residential post-consumer content, the reclaimed plastic must have been generated by a household and collected for recycling by a curbside or drop-off recycling program. This recycled content requirement cannot be met through the use of postindustrial plastics or plastic sourced from end-of-life carts or bins. The purpose of this requirement is to generate demand for plastics collected by residential recycling programs in the United States, and this requirement has been developed in cooperation with the Association of Plastics Recyclers and a consortium of recycling cart manufacturers. It is understood by The Recycling Partnership that the majority of the primary manufacturers of residential recycling carts serving the North American marketplace can meet this
requirement without any impact on cart price, performance or warranty.
e. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags must be embedded in carts at the time of manufacturing. A
successful applicant is not required to purchase RFID reading equipment or to use an RFID tracking or data
management system.
f. The recycling carts must be clearly labelled in a manner to indicate that they are for the collection of
recyclables and must be distinct in appearance from carts used for waste collection.
g. The applicant must provide carts at no cost to residents other than standard solid waste or recycling service taxes or fees. Communities that require residents to purchase carts are not eligible for a grant under this program.

Funding Source:
The Recycling Partnership

Funding Amount:

Proposals will be accepted on an on-going basis

Vincent Leray

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