Recycling Grants

Here’s a list of some of the current recycling grants available. Take advantage of the free funding for recycling bins, call us for more information at 1-888-646-4246 or email solutions@cleanriver.com.

The Coca-Cola/ Keep America Beautiful Public Space Recycling Bin Grant

Where: For Communites across the United States.

The grant program awards actual recycling bins to schools, government agencies, colleges and other community organizations on a competitive basis. Interested parties complete an online application, designating the style and number of bins they would like and explaining how and where they would use the bins. Keep America Beautiful selects recipients based on the merits of their proposal according to several criteria including need and the potential to recover the greatest amount of recyclables. Keep America Beautiful then works with its vendors to arrange delivery of the bins at no cost to the grant recipients. In addition to the free bins awarded through the grant, all applicants are extended the opportunity to purchase additional recycling bins and related accessories at a special, discounted price.

Grants are offered to KAB affiliates, government and public agencies, non-profit organizations, tribal governments, religious organizations, colleges & universities, k-12 schools and other community groups

PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Fund

Where: United States

The PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Fund is designed to engage your entire campus community by offering a chance to win up to $10,000 to create or strengthen green initiatives on campus. Representatives or employess of eligible college or university campuses may submit proposal(s) that explain details about their initiative to advance an environmental sustainability agenda on their campus.

Total Grant Amount: Cash prize packages awarded may range between five hundred dollars ($500) and ten thousand dollars ($10,000) per selected applicant, up to a maximum of four hundred (400) cash prize packages or two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) awarded. Maximum prize per campus is ten-thousand dollars ($10,000).

Alabama Recycling Fund Grant Program

Where: Alabama

Recycling grant available to local governments, authorities, and non-profit organizations for use in developing, implementing, and enhancing local recycling, reuse and waste minimization projects and programs.

Total Grant Amount: $1,500,000


Walmart Food Waste Solution

Where: Canada

Funding for non-profit organizations working to reduce food waste in Canada. This funding seeks to support promising programs that have the potential to significantly reduce food waste and loss – with the ultimate goals of preventing loss, maximizing donations of usable food, and minimizing food waste that ends up in landfills.

Total Grant Amount: $1,500,000

The number of organizations selected will be determined by the strength of the applicant pool, but we anticipate awarding between 3-5 final grants. Requests between $300,000 and $1,000,000 will be considered.


The Community Champions Program (ABCRC)

Where: Alberta

The Community Champions Program (CCP) is a grant program that’s specially designed for organizations in Alberta. ABCRC provides funding for specialized recycling bins (indoor and outdoor) and program start-up support to CCP, providing more accessible and convenient out-of-home opportunities for recycling.

Total Grant Amount: $20,000


Beverage Container Recycling Grant

Where: California

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) administers funding programs to assist organizations with establishing convenient beverage container recycling and litter abatement projects, and to encourage market development and expansion activities for beverage container materials.Eligible applicants for this grant program include California cities, counties, other local government entities, Joint Powers Authorities, special districts, public colleges and universities, public K-12 school districts, non-profit organizations

Total Grant Amount: $22,170,470

Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity (RREO) Grant Program

Where: Colorado

It’s a competitive statewide grant program that funds implementation projects that  promote economic development through the productive management of recyclable materials that would otherwise be treated as discards.  Projects that meet this goal are designed to implement recycling, composting, anaerobic digestion, source reduction, and beneficial use/reuse for a wide variety of materials. This includes using grant funds for recycling bins.

Total Grant Amount:  More than $7.1 million to businesses, local governments, nonprofit groups, and schools and universities throughout Colorado to help develop recycling infrastructure.


Illinois Recycling Grant Program

Where: Illinois

Eligible materials are restricted to paper fiber, plastic, metal and glass.Eligible applicants include local governments, for-profit, and not-for-profit businesses or organizations and colleges and universities (K-12 schools are not eligible for funding)Grant funds for the purchase of capital equipment such as recycling carts/containers, collection vehicles, balers, processing machinery, etc. and project necessary expansion and modernization costs

Total Grant Amount: $1,500,000


Iowa Solid Waste Alternative Program

Where: Iowa

Material Collected: Recyclable, Compost & WastePurpose: to reduce the amount of solid waste generated and landfilled in Iowa. Providing financial assistance to aid in the implementation of solid waste management projects and public education projects.4 Cycles a year: January 2, April 1, July 1, October 1

Total Grant Amount: $1,000,000


Litter Abatement Grant

Where: Kentucky

Litter abatement grant funding is available to county and city governments. The grant recipients shall use grant funding for “direct expenses” associated with public road cleanup and city street cleanup requirements

Municipal Waste Reduction and Recycling Program (MWR&R)

Where: New York State

The Department of Environmental Conservation 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.


Texas Commison on Environmental Quality: Regional Solid Waste Grants Program

Where: Texas

The Regional Solid Waste Grants Program is important to communities across Texas because it provides crucial funding for projects that protect the environment and safeguard health, general welfare, and physical property. Thanks to the appropriation of these grant funds, communities are able to establish programs that likely become selfsustaining over time and produce long-term health and safety benefits for all Texans.

Total Grant Amount: $122,849.64 spent in 2015 on recycling Grants

Mississippi School Recycling Grants

Where: Mississippi

The Mississippi Recycling Coalition has made a total of $10,000 available in the form of ten $1000 grants to Mississippi public and private schools for the creation, expansion, and/or continuation of a recycling program.  Grant proposals have ranged from purchasing in-school recycling bins or education materials to offsetting compost hauling fees or assisting schools to participate in tours of ecomaine. If selected, school recipients can receive up to $5,000 of $20,000 in available grant funds.



Where: Portland

Maine’s pioneer of single-sort recycling and provider of waste-to-energy solutions is pleased to announce that any of its 65 member communities can apply for School Recycling Grants through October 31, 2017.


South Carolina Recycling Commerce

Where: South Carolina

Recycling companies in South Carolina may be eligible for some statutory incentives provided the business meets investment requirements outlined in state law. There may also be additional incentives available to recycling companies to offset other South Carolina taxes such as sales and property tax.


Community Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant Program

Where: North Carolina

This recurring annual grant program provides funding to public recycling programs for projects that help communities build lasting capacity to divert materials from the waste stream and / or increase public awareness of recycling. This grant cycle is timed to correspond with local government budget cycles. A Community Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant Request for Proposals (RFP) is released every fall and applications are due in February. Grant winners are typically notified in April and funds become available on July 1st.


 Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grants

Where: Massachusetts

MassDEP Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grants offer funding to cities, towns and regional entities – as well as certain non-profit organizations that provide services to them – for recycling, composting, reuse and source reduction activities that will increase diversion of municipal solid waste and household hazardous waste from disposal. Grants are available for recycling and composting equipment; mattress recycling; Pay-As-You-Throw programs; waste reduction enforcement; school recycling; and organics capacity development projects. SMRP funding is also available for SMRP Recycling Dividends Program (RDP) payments to qualifying cities and towns. MassDEP accepts applications between early April and mid June annually.


Massachusetts Recycling Loan Fund

Where: Massachusetts

Administered by BDC Capital, and funded by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the Recycling Loan Fund is an excellent way to obtain the financing you need.  Loans range from $50,000 to $500,000, and are used to help Massachusetts businesses active in recycling-related activities obtain the capital needed for any reasonable business purpose.

Total Loan Amount: Loans from $50,000 to $500,000 for recyclers


Recycle Everywhere (CBCRA)

Where: Manitoba

The Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA) implemented and operates the Recycle Everywhere program. Founded in 2010, CBCRA is a not-for-profit, industry-funded organization whose membership includes beverage brand owners and distributors.CBCRA is committed to reaching the government-mandated target of recovering 75% of beverage containers sold in Manitoba.

Total Grant Amount: Free Recycling Bins

Albert Beverage Container Recycling Corporation (ABCRC)

Where: Alberta

Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation (ABCRC) operates the collection and recycling of more than 130,000 different types of regulated, non-refillable beverage containers sold in Alberta.

This involves transporting and processing used beverage containers from 217 independently owned depots located throughout Alberta. ABCRC strives to continuously improve the return rates on all beverage containers while promoting the environmental, economic and social benefits of recycling.

Each year ABCRC provides many Alberta schools with free recycling bins and teaching resourcesIn addition, In 2016, ABCRC provided funding to 44 communities groups.

Total Grant Amount: Free Recycling Bins, Labels and Bags.



Where: Minnesota

BizRecycling will work with any type of business or organization located in Ramsey or Washington County. Examples include office buildings, retail stores, restaurants, manufacturing plants, schools, nonprofits, places of worship, hospitals and other health care facilities, and other institutions. These recycling grants can help you kick start or reinvigorate your existing recycling program.

Total Grant Amount: $10,000


Minnesota County Recycling Grant Program

Where: Minnesota

The Metro County recycling grants help businesses move forward with recycling faster and easier by offering up to $10,000 in recycling grants and free, onsite consultations.

Total Grant Amount: $10,000


Environmental Assistance Loans

Where: Minnesota

The Environmental Assistance (EA) loan program is accepting applications on a continuous basis. Loans are awarded throughout the calendar year, based on the availability of program funds. This Web page provides downloadable application forms, reference documents such as Frequently Asked Questions, and links to applicable statutes and rules. Applications should be submitted electronically to Grants-Loans.pca@state.mn.us as an e-mail attachment.

Total Participatory Loan:  Up to a $100,000 at zero percent interest.


Litter Reduction and Recycling Grant Program

Where: Nebraska
Purpose is to provide funds to support programs to reduce litter, provide education and promote recycling within the State of Nebraska

Total Grant Amount: $1,800,000


Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grant

Where: Nebraska

The Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Fund provides grants to assist in financing sound integrated waste management programs and projects.

Total Grant Amount: $100,000


Nebraska State Recycling Association Recycling Equipment Grants

Where: Nebraska

The Nebraska State Recycling Association has grant funds available for the purchase of recycling equipment. The grant is open to Nebraska municipalities and other government entities, non-profits and recycling companies.

Total Grant Amount: Up to $15,000


OSS Solid Waste District’s Competitive Funding Grant

Where: Ohio

The Competitive Funding Program was created to provide funding to local governments, educational institutions and non-profit organizations for solid waste programs.Allowable expenditure – Recycling containers – The purchase of recycling containers to implement or expand a recycling program in your organization. This could include desk side containers, collection containers, etc
Total Grant Amount: $1,200,000


Recycling Equipment Grant Program

Where: Tennessee

The Recycling Equipment Grants program enables local governments and non-profit recycling organizations working with local governments to purchase key pieces of recycling equipment.

Eligible Projects: These include roll off containers, skid loaders, shredders, scales, assorted styles of collection containers.

Eligible Applicants: City or county governments, non-profit recycling organizations working with local government.

Total Grant Amount: $400,000