The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is soliciting grant proposals to support the development, implementation or improvement of programs, initiatives or activities designed to increase the diversion of solid waste from disposal. All interested municipalities, regional associations, counties and Maine businesses are encouraged to apply.

The DEP will award multiple grants of up to $40,000 ($111,000 total), and prefers proposals that take advantage of regional economies of scale; increase organics management and recycling infrastructure in underserved areas of the state; promote waste reduction through reuse; repair and sharing economy initiatives; address a statewide need, and/or expand the types of materials managed through composting and recycling. Application details on RFP 201902030 (Waste Diversion Grants Program) are available here. A copy of the RFP, as well as the Question & Answer Summary and all amendments related to the RFP, can be obtained at Questions on the RFP must be submitted by April 12, and proposals must be submitted electronically by 4 p.m. April 26.