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The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) Recycling Business Development Grant (RBDG) program is currently accepting applications for its 2018 grant cycle. The RBDG program, now in its third year, is intended to help Massachusetts recycling processors and manufacturers create sustainable markets for eligible materials, and to add value to municipal and business recycling efforts.

For this round of funding, MassDEP will consider projects targeting the following materials:

  • Container glass
  • Commingled recyclables handled by materials recovery facilities (MRFs)
  • Mattresses
  • Construction and demolition wood – ‘clean wood’
  • Bulky rigid and mixed 3-7 plastics

Grant awards range from $50,000 to $400,000 and will be awarded in two rounds during 2018. Round One applications are due June 29, 2018 by 5:00pm and Round Two applications are due October 5, 2018 by 5:00pm.

Please visit the MassDEP RBDG webpage for more information about the eligibility requirements and application process.

In 2017, MassDEP awarded nearly $1 million in grants to help six recycling companies in the state tackle difficult-to recycle materials such as contaminated food materials and construction and demolition wood.

RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts provides recycling and food recovery assistance to businesses and institutions. If you need assistance with setting up a recycling or food waste diversion program, call our hotline: (888) 254-5525 or email us at