DHEC's Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling (Office) is responsible for assisting counties, municipalities, schools as well as colleges and universities of South Carolina in achieving their source reduction and recycling goals. There are five grant programs that are offered through the Solid Waste Trust Fund, including solid waste, used motor oil, waste tire, college/university as well as school grants. Since the grant programs began in Fiscal Year (FY) 94, $70 million have been awarded, including $1 million in FY11.
Grant Funding for Colleges and Universities
The Collegiate Recycling Grant Program is funded by a fee on motor oil collected at the wholesale level. This grant program is available to South Carolina public and private colleges and universities.
- Cycle: Annual
- Eligible Applicants: Any public or private college, university or technical college
- Funding Available: See below.
Professional Development Grants: Applicants may request up to $1,250 for travel to recycling/recycling-related workshops, conferences or certification programs. Applications for the Professional Development Grant will be accepted through April 5, 2013.
Recycling/Composting Project Grants: Applicants may request up to $25,000 for projects that can demonstrate a measurable impact to the recycling rate. Applications for the Recycling/Composting Grant will be accepted through April 19, 2013 and will be awarded on a competitive basis.
Grant Funding for K-12 Schools
The Recycling Education Grant Program is funded from a two cent per gallon fee on motor oil sold at the wholesale level. The grant program is available to schools to promote awareness of solid waste issues, including the need to reduce the solid waste we generate, and to recycle whenever we can. All projects are required to include a used oil awareness project because of the funding source.
Currently, applications for the FY12 Recycling Education Grant Program have closed. For more information, e-mail Sharon Thompson, coordinator of the Recycling Education Grant Program for the Office.
SPECIAL NOTE: Grant projects must include an activity that stresses the importance of recycling used motor oil. This is because the grant funding comes from the Petroleum Fund. Recent examples from other applicants include poster and essay contests as well as community awareness projects.
The Office provides the "Take Action: Recycle Used Motor Oil Classroom Lessons & Activities" that is designed for teachers to introduce used motor oil recycling into the classroom. For teachers who have received a grant, any of the activities or lessons provided in this tool kit can be used to meet the used motor oil awareness requirement.
Grant Funding for Local Governments
The Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant Program is funding by a $2 fee on appliances and lead-acid batteries, charged upon purchase at the retail level. The grant program funds general recycling or waste reduction projects, such as building recycling centers or buying recycling equipment.
This grant program is made available to counties or municipalities in South Carolina based upon need as determined using information contained in the Solid Waste Management Annual Report.
The Office is now accepting grant applications for the FY14 Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant Program. Applications must be received by the Office no later than 5 p.m. (EDT) Friday, May 3, 2013.
The Used Motor Oil Program is funded by a two-cents per-quart fee collected at the wholesale level on the sale of motor oil. Grant funding may be used by counties and municipalities for the implementation or expansion of programs associated with the proper disposal of used motor oil, used motor oil filters and used oil/gas mixtures by do-it-yourself oil changers.
The Office is now accepting grant applications for the FY14 Used Motor Oil Grant Program. Applications must be received by the Office no later than 5 p.m. (EDT) Friday, May 3, 2013.
The Waste Tire Grant Program is funded by a $2 fee at the retail level for the sale of a new tire. Fifty cents of the fee goes to the Office and is used for grants to counties or local governments. Waste tire grants are used oil for costs associated with the collection or recycling of waste tires.
The Office is now accepting grant applications for the FY14 Waste Tire Grant Program. Applications must be received by the Office no later than 5 p.m. (EDT) Friday, May 3, 2013.
Grant Approval Forms
Local governments may print out any (or all) of the following approval forms as needed. Please fax the completed forms to (803) 896-4001. For additional information, you may contact the Office at 1-800-768-7348.
For more information about recycling in South Carolina, please call 1-800-768-7348.
This Web page was last updated on April 19, 2013.