Every day, Illinoisans fill containers and dumpsters with trash to be hauled away for disposal in landfills… "out of sight and out of mind." DCEO's Division of Recycling and Waste Reduction offers programs that promote alternatives to landfill disposal, conservation of resources, and further development of markets to recycle more of what we currently throw away. Adding value to recycled materials is the principal reason that recycling has become a multi-billion dollar industry in Illinois and also creates new job opportunities.
This site provides Illinois employers and citizens with resources and funding opportunities to implement waste reduction, recycling, recycling, and composting methods as alternatives to landfill disposal. The objectives and goals of these programs are to divert large volumes of waste from landfill or incinerator disposal and to foster recycling endeavors in Illinois.
Recycling Expansion and Modernization (REM) Program
The Recycling Expansion and Modernization (REM) Program provides grants to divert materials from the municipal solid waste stream, thereby conserving our natural resources, improving the performance and "bottom line" for Illinois businesses and organizations (reduced operating costs, increased sales, etc.) and demonstrating public economic benefits.
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Illinois Recycling Grants Program
This program provides technical assistance and grants for capital equipment to governmental entities, private businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and colleges and universities for projects involving paper, plastic, metal and glass. Through an annual competitive request for applications (RFA) process, funds are awarded to support projects that will develop or expand recycling collection and processing efforts in Illinois. A priority goal of the program is to reduce the amount of recyclable commodities being disposed of in Illinois landfills.
Projects involving special waste, hazardous waste, and industrial process waste, as those terms are defined in the Illinois Environmental Protection Act, as well as landscape waste, wood waste, textiles, electronic waste, used/waste tires, and construction and demolition debris waste, are not eligible for funding under this RFA.
The Illinois Recycling Grants Program is now accepting applications. Several major changes have been made to the Request-for-Application Document so please use the current document. Applications must be received by DCEO no later than 4 pm, November 12, 2013. Click Here for Program Details and a copy of the Request-for-Application.
To learn more about the program or if you would like to be notified of the program's next funding opportunity please contact:
Food Scrap Composting Revitalization & Advancement (F-SCRAP) Program
This program is designed to support projects that will divert food scraps and other organic material, excluding yard waste, from Illinois landfills for composting, increasing the quantity of materials composted in Illinois. The Department anticipates that these projects will provide new jobs and other economic and environmental benefits to the State of Illinois as well as advance Illinois’ composting infrastructure. The Department encourages the submission of joint projects or applications that address regional or multi-jurisdictional composting approaches from any combination of two or more governmental, for-profit, or not-for-profit organizations.
The Food Scrap Composting Program is now accepting applications. Several major changes have been made to the Request-for-Application Document so please use the current document. Applications must be received by DCEO no later than 4 pm, December 16, 2013. Click Here for Program Details and a copy of the Request-for-Application.
To learn more about the program, or if you would like to be notified on the program's next funding opportunity, please contact:
David E. Smith
Illinois Zero Waste Schools Grant Program
The Illinois Zero Waste Schools Grant Program is a funding opportunity for K-12 Illinois schools to implement or expand recycling, waste reduction, and composting/vermicomposting programs.
Due to budgetary and staffing constraints, this program is currently suspended. Announcements for future Request for Applications (RFA) for IL Zero Waste School Grant Programs will be posted at this site.