The Department of Environmental Protection awarded $1.3 million in grants to increase diversion, reuse, composting and recycling.
MEDFORD, MA — The city of Medford was among 34 communities, regional groups and non-profit organizations awarded a total of $1.3 million through the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Sustainable Materials Recovery Program.
Medford received a $30,000 school recycling assistance grant, which will cover the cost of six recycling dumpsters to expand recycling capacity, a dishwasher for Medford High School, reusable lunch trays and signs.
The grant includes all schools in the district and addresses infrastructure needed to expand recycling and reduce single-use plastic food service ware in the high school cafeteria.
“Supporting and encouraging the proactive environmental protection efforts happening at the local level is one of the most effective measures we can take to reduce waste in cities and towns across the Commonwealth,” Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement. “By reducing the waste stream with a combination of recycling, diversion and materials re-use, we are able to work closely with our municipal partners to improve the health of communities throughout Massachusetts.”
The SMRP, created under the Green Communities Act and administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), offers funding for recycling, composting, reuse and source reduction activities that will reduce the amount of waste disposed of in landfills and incinerators.
The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by capturing the embodied energy in every-day product and packaging waste and converting these sources into new products with a smaller carbon footprint.
“The Commonwealth has set ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and waste reduction is one of the ways to meet those goals and protect our natural resources,” Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides said. “By partnering with cities and towns to encourage recycling, we will continue to reduce harmful emissions, create local jobs, and stimulate the economy.”