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Solid Waste Management Grants

Recycling, Hub and Spoke Grants

To facilitate and increase recycling in Tennessee, the Division of Solid Waste Management is soliciting proposals from qualified applicants to establish, expand or upgrade facilities for processing and collection of recyclable materials from multi-ple local governments.

For more information contact Lorreta Harrington, 615-532-0086 or visit http://www.tn.gov/environment/solid-waste/solid-waste_recycling.shtml

Eligible Applicants

There are three priorities for this grant offering:

  • First priority is applicants that are a part of a partnership among three or more local governments (counties AND municipalities). The application must include accompanying resolutions describing the details of the partnership and roles for each participating local government.
  • The second priority is capital equipment or facility requested for an expansion of an existing program or start of a new program for the following commodities for plastics, paper/fiber.
  • Third priority will be given to applicants with proposed hub and spoke project located in Middle or East Tennessee.

Counties or multiple coun-ties in partnership with cities or multiple cities, solid waste authorities and nonprofit recycling organi-zations chartered in the State of Tennessee, may apply for the recycling hub and spoke grants.

Funding / Match
Funding: up to $300,000 per project. Match: Any additional funding required to com-plete the project.

Deadline
October, 21st 2013; 4:30pm (CDT)

Used Oil Grants

Used oil grants are funded under the Used Oil Collection Act of 1993. This Act allows for a two cent ($0.02) fee to be collected against every quart of oil sold. Revenue from this fee provides for the administration of the Act as well as providing technical and financial assistance in establishing used oil collection and disposal for do-it-yourselfers.

For more information contact Lorreta Harrington, 615-532-0086 or view the Used Oil Collection & Recycling Grant Program Requirements (Sept. 2013)

Eligible Projects
Typical equipment for this grant include: oil collection containers, containment structures, shelter covers, and used oil burners.

Eligible Applicants
Counties and cities for new collection sites or upgrades, targeting do-it-yourselfers (or DIY's)

Match
No Match. Grant award amounts are up to $16,000 per site and max-imum per applicant of $32,000.

Deadline
October, 21st 2013; 4:30pm (CDT)

T.C.A. § 68-211-1005 (2) The department may award grants, subsidies and/or loans to municipalities, counties and counties having a metropolitan form of government to establish and operate used oil collection centers at publicly owned facilities or other suitable public or private locations; and provide technical assistance to persons who organize such programs.

(3) The department may award grants or subsidies to local governments to purchase equipment which burns used oil as fuel. In awarding such grants or subsidies, priority shall be given to local governments who establish used oil collection centers.

Waste Tire Cleanup Grants

The waste tire cleanup grant is a grant designed to assist local governments in the cleanup of unpermitted waste tire sites. Eligibility for this grant is determined by priority as established by the eight Environmental Field Offices. Each grant cycle, two sites from each field office are invited to compete for funds to assist in the cleanup of these un-permitted waste tire sites. Lien on property is required equal to cleanup costs.

This grant is an unmatched grant that allows the county to go beyond the $70 per ton waste tire grant fund and contract for services to mitigate the site, provide for equipment purchase of leases, labor needs, access to site and other activities related to the mitigation.

There is no match required by this grant. The number of grants will be limited by the availability of funds each grant cycle based on the cost of the cleanups. Each year up to $500,000 may  be set aside.

For more information contact Lorreta Harrington, 615-532-0086.

Eligible Projects
Contract for services to mitigate the site, provide for equipment purchase or lease, labor needs, access to site and other activities related to the mitigation.

Eligible Applicants
Eligibility determined by eight Environmental Field Offices.

Match
No Match.

Deadline
Next Grant Cycle: Issued in FY2013

T.C.A. § 68-211-831 From funds available from the solid waste management fund, the department may, directly or by contract, provide for the investigation and clean-up of unpermitted waste tire disposal sites and other unpermitted solid waste disposal sites. The department shall attempt to recover funds expended from the person responsible for the disposal of the waste tires or solid waste pursuant to § 68-211-117.

Waste Tire Recycling Grants

Solid Waste Management provides grants to reimburse counties for the recycling of their waste tires. Before the beginning of the fiscal year, the Grants Administration Section sends to all county mayors/ executives Attachment 1 which consists of a grant offer letter, an ACH form, and the grant contract. The grant amount for each county is based on the tire generation rate according to the most current census or the Department's historical information.

For more information contact Lorreta Harrington, 615-532-0086.

Eligible Projects
Waste tire management to include locating, collecting, and recycling of waste tires.

Eligible Applicants
County governments

Funding / Match
No Match required.

Deadline
Next Grant Cycle: FY2014

T. C. A. 68-211-867(a) states, “A landfill shall not accept whole, unshredded tires for disposal.” 

T. C. A. 68-211-867(c) states, “From funds available from the solid waste management fund, the department may offer to counties grants to assist counties in locating, collecting, and appropriately disposing of waste tires.”

Also T. C. A. 68-211-867(c)(4) states "Any county or entity requesting or applying for a grant or entering a contract with the department shall submit, prior to being approved for a grant or contract, a workplan and budget to reflect the expenditures of such grant or contract. Such grants or contracts are to fulfill the objective of recycling waste tires and to assure that all expenditures of the contracts, grants, and/or any additional local tipping fees are not exceeding the cost of the county's waste tire management program.