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Grants for Waste Reduction and Prevention Projects

Municipal Waste Reduction and Recycling Program (MWR&R)

DEC is authorized to provide State assistance for projects that further the primary strategy of the NYS solid waste management hierarchy. A waste reduction/prevention project reduces the volume or toxicity of materials entering the MSW stream at the point of generation.

These projects include:

  • educational efforts that prevent the generation of waste
  • materials reuse
  • promotion or use of refillable or reusable packaging
  • audits of procedures and practices, resulting in the elimination or reduction of materials disposed
  • increasing awareness of non-toxic household product substitutes
  • promotion of backyard or on-site composting
  • promotion of product stewardship initiatives.

Proposals for projects are accepted on an ongoing first-come-first-served basis.

Effective November 4, 2017, ALL applications must be submitted using the NYS Grants Gateway (Note: This link leaves the DEC website).

Guidance for the Grants Gateway

Videos for Grant Applications (Link leaves DEC website)

Grantee Documents (Link leaves DEC website)

Live Webinars (Link leaves DEC website)

Grants Gateway Help Desk

Primary Help Desk:

For assistance with registration, prequalification, applications, contracts, payments, etc.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Phone: (518) 474-5595

Email: grantsgateway@its.ny.gov

After Hours Support:

For assistance with account lockouts, lost user IDs, or basic information.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Phone: (800) 820-1890

Email: helpdesk@agatesoftware.com

Policy/Registration Questions:

Email: grantsreform@budget.ny.gov


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