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State Assistance Programs for Waste Reduction, Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste Programs

NYSDEC administers state assistance programs for waste reduction, recycling and household hazardous waste (HHW) programs. Funding is provided on a 50% reimbursement rate for eligible costs.


Municipal Waste Reduction and Recycling Program (MWR&R):


Capital Projects - DEC is authorized to provide State assistance for projects that enhance municipal recycling infrastructure through purchasing of equipment or construction of facilities. Some communities used funding to construct materials recycling facilities or state-of-the-art composting facilities. Other communities have been able to purchase recycling containers and new recycling vehicles with their MWR&R funding.

Recycling Coordinators - DEC is authorized to provide State assistance for Recycling Coordinator salaries and for public education programs conducted by municipalities. This funding can help expand local recycling and waste reduction programs and increase participation.

Household Hazardous Waste State Assistance Program:

DEC is authorized to provide State assistance for HHW collection days, and construction of permanent HHW collection facilities in order to provide a safe alternative for recycling or disposal of household hazardous materials.

Application Materials

Proposals for projects are accepted on an ongoing first-come-first-served basis. New applicants are asked to file a pre-application, enabling DEC to provide a preliminary review of proposed projects, and to establish a position on the waiting list.

Pre-Application Form for Recycling State Assistance:
State Assistance for Municipal Waste Reduction and Recycling Projects, (MWRR) (PDF) (107 KB), (MS Word Version - DOCX, 27 KB)

Full Application Forms for Recycling State Assistance:
1. MWRR Capital Projects (PDF) (306 KB), (MS Word Version - DOCX, 94 KB)
2. Household Hazardous Waste Projects (PDF) (199 KB), (MS Word Version - DOCX, 109 KB)

Potential applicants are requested to contact DEC before filing a pre-application if they are uncertain about the eligibility of their proposals or would like an update on the length of the waiting list. Also, the State Assistance Contract (PDF), (1.28 MB) is incorporated in the Request for Application and can be viewed at http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/materials_minerals_pdf/dmmmgc.pdf.

Funding Sources

Passage of the Environmental Protection Act in 1993 created the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), a continuing source of funds dedicated specifically for environmental projects, including programs such as the Municipal Waste Reduction and Recycling (MWR&R) Program to help municipalities meet environmental goals and mandates. From 1994 to 2007, the MWRR program has been appropriated nearly $83 million. The Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act of 1996 provided $50 million in additional State assistance for these purposes.

Types of Projects Funded

Materials Recovery Facilities in the Counties of Rockland, Cortland, Ulster, Sullivan, Westchester, and others.

Recyclables Processing Equipment in the Counties of Monroe, Chenango, Fulton, Hamilton, Chautauqua, Cayuga, Steuben and many others.

Improvements to Recycling Drop-off Centers in the Counties of Jefferson, Lewis, Ontario and the Towns of Colonie, Nassau, Edinburg, Southampton, City of Long Beach, and others

Recycling Collection Vehicles in the Counties of Cattaraugus, Broome, Town of Oyster Bay, Hempstead, Village of Castleton and Sleepy Hollow, and Cities of Albany, Yonkers, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, Jamestown, Poughkeepsie, North Tonawanda, New York and others.

Composting Facilities and Equipment in the Counties of Delaware, Washington, Erie, Oneida, and Towns of Islip, Southold, Southampton, Bethlehem, Newfane, Amherst and others.

Household Recycling Bins in Counties of Onondaga, Rockland, Broome, Seneca, Niagara, the Town of Yorktown and others.

Recycling Coordination and Educational projects in the Counties of Allegany, Broome, Chemung, Dutchess, Erie, Fulton, Genesee, Madison, Monroe, Oneida, Onondaga, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, Schuyler, Tompkins, Ulster, Wayne, Westchester, and the Towns of Islip, Huntington, Brookhaven, Hempstead, New York City and others.

Materials Reuse Exchanges in the Hudson Valley, Town of Islip, City of Buffalo and New York City.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection in 50 Municipalities Statewide.

Over the life of this program, more than 750 grants have been awarded.

For general information about recycling, visit http://www.nyrecycles.org/

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