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May 24, 2022

DEP awards $182K in grants for Maine recycling, composting projects

Green Garbage to Garden bucket ready for curbside pickup Photo / Renee Cordes Garbage to Garden LLC has been awarded a $29,000 grant to develop a food scrap collection service in Sanford. Shown here is a green bucket, filled with organic waste, ready for pickup on Mitchell Road in Cape Elizabeth.

From South Portland to Sargentville, six Maine projects focused on recycling and composting will share $182,230 in grants awarded by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

Recipients of the DEP Waste Diversion Grants were named Monday from among 10 initiatives that applied for funds totaling over $235,000.

The projects aim to divert waste from disposal by expanding composting and recycling opportunities across Maine. The department is providing the grants to help businesses, institutions and municipalities address solid waste management challenges.

"Reducing the volume of materials, we consume by reusing items and recycling products and packaging can significantly reduce our environmental impacts and help to enhance sustainability, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut our overall costs," the DEP noted in its announcement.

The state agency said it expects to announce the next round of Waste Diversion Grants in August. 

Recipients and amounts 

  • City of South Portland: $27,318 to develop a lending library of electric tools and lawn care equipment for residents;
  • Chickadee Compost LLC, Sargentville: $39,894 to improve collection efficiency and overall operations at the company's food scrap composting operation;
  • ScrapDogs Community Compost LLC, Rockland: $40,000 to establish a new satellite compost operation;
  • Northern Aroostook Solid Waste Association, Eagle Lake: $25,000 to enhance recycling infrastructure;
  • MaineHealth, Portland: $31,577 for food scrap composting and recycling upgrades; and 
  • Garbage to Garden LLC, Portland: $29,010 to develop a food scrap collection service in Sanford.

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