Silver Spring, MD - The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has provided comments to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its new Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding for solid waste prevention, management, and recycling initiatives. SWANA urges EPA to create a grant application process that will be equitable to communities of all sizes and to allow grant funding to go the widest possible categories of infrastructure, education, and outreach programs and projects.
“SWANA is very pleased to provide these comments to EPA on the recycling grant programs,” stated David Biderman, SWANA’s Executive Director and CEO. “We expect EPA to swiftly review comments and launch the grant process in the Fall of 2022. There is no time to waste.”
EPA issued a request for information on two grant programs funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and supported by SWANA. The Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling Grant Program provides $275 million to improve post-consumer materials management and infrastructure. The Education and Outreach Grant Program provides $75 million for programs to inform the public about waste prevention and recycling to increase collection rates and decrease contamination.
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is an organization of more than 10,000 public and private sector professionals committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through their shared emphasis on education, advocacy and research. For more than 60 years, SWANA has been the leading association in the solid waste management field. SWANA serves industry professionals through technical conferences, certifications, publications and a large offering of technical training courses.