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New York awards grants to boost landfill diversion rates

The Department of Environmental Conservation of the state of New York has awarded $3.5 million in grant money that will be used to increase food donations and boost municipal organics recycling programs and projects in the state.

The money comes through the New York Environmental Protection Fund’s Municipal Recycling and Climate Smart Communities grant program.

Grant money that has been earmarked to boost organic recycling projects include:

  • $1.3 million to Onondaga County, which, through its Onondaga County Water Environment Protection, will construct improvements at the Metropolitan Waste Water Treatment Plant that will allow the plant to use the methane gas produced as a result of accepting food waste into its digestion system.
  • $420,500 to the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency to support food scrap composting by purchasing a grinder for bulky material, a skid steer and a temperature monitoring system;
  • $276,400 to Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority to support the anaerobic digestion of food scraps to generate energy;
  • $138,600 to the town of Bethlehem to expand its food scrap composting operation by purchasing a compost screener and aeration equipment;
  • an additional $100,000 to Bethlehem to pave a portion of the compost facility and improve the operation of aerated static pile food scraps composting;
  • $77,500 to Sullivan County's Division of Public Works/Solid Waste Management to hire a consulting engineering firm to conduct an organic composting feasibility study with preliminary siting and conceptual design;
  • $62,900 to the city of Kingston, which will partner with the Hudson Valley Regional Council to develop an organics diversion plan for residential and commercial properties;
  • $33,300 to Brookhaven's “Brew to Moo” project designed to increase the town's efficiency to pick up spent brewery grains and deliver them to farms for animal feed; the town will purchase a rack dump truck and containers with lids for onsite storage and transport of the spent brewery waste;
  • $30,000 to the town of Greenburgh, in partnership with the Greenburgh Nature Center, to develop and implement a town-wide food scrap recycling campaign and establish two municipal food scrap drop-off sites; and
  • $25,600 to the Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities to purchase a rocket in-vessel composting unit to process food scrap.

New York’s 2018 state budget includes $2 million to support food donation and recycling projects. In addition, the Empire State Development Corporation provides $2 million in grants to expand cold storage capacity at food banks and $4 million in grants over three years to large generators to implement recommendations from waste audits, purchase storage bins and coolers for food donation, and improve and expand onsite compost facilities.

» Publication Date: 18/01/2018

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement N° 690103