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South Carolina Recycling Grants Program

 

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) 1994 (July 1, 1993 to July 1, 1994), nearly $81 million have been awarded, including more than $2.6 million in FY14.

 

Grant Funding for Colleges and Universities

Collegiate Recycling Grant Program

The Collegiate Recycling Grant Program is funded from a fee of two cents per quart on motor oil sold 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.

Recycling/Composting Project Grants: Applicants may request up to $25,000 for projects that can demonstrate a measurable impact to the recycling rate.

For more information, contact the Office by e-mail or by calling 1-800-768-7348

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Grant Funding for K-12 Schools

Recycling Education Grant Program

The Recycling Education Grant Program is funded from a fee of two cents per quart 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.

For more information, contact the Office by e-mail or by calling 1-800-768-7348

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.

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Grant Funding for Local Governments

Solid Waste Grant Program

The Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant Program is funded 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 "S.C. Solid Waste Management Annual Report."

The Office is now accepting grant applications for the FY15 Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant Program.  Applications must be received by the Office no later than 5 p.m. (EDT) Friday, April 18, 2014.

For a copy of the application instructions, or for more information, contact the Office by e-mail or by calling 1-800-768-7348.

  • Cycle: Annual
  • Eligible Applicants: Counties, cities, towns or regions within South Carolina that provide solid waste services.
  • Award Amounts: Competitive
  • Scope: Assistance is for projects that can demonstrate a positive impact on a local government’s efforts to reach their recycling and waste reduction goals. 

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The Used Motor Oil Grant Program

The Used Motor Oil Program is funded by a fee of two cents per quart 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/gasoline mixtures by do-it-yourself oil changers. 

The Office is now accepting grant applications for the FY15 Used Motor Oil Grant Program.  Applications must be received by the Office no later than 5 p.m. (EDT) Friday, April 18, 2014.

For a copy of the application instructions, or for more information, contact the Office by e-mail or by calling 1-800-768-7348.

  • Cycle: Annual
  • Eligible Applicants: Counties, cities, towns or regions within South Carolina that provide solid waste services.
  • Award Amounts: Competitive
  • Scope: Establishment, expansion and continued operation of used motor oil collection programs for do-it-yourselfer oil changers. This is to include equipment and programs related to the collection of used motor oil, oil filters, oil bottles and oil/gasoline mixtures.

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The Waste Tire Grant Program

The Waste Tire Grant Program is funded by a $2 fee per tire at the retail level. Of that amount, 50 cents is used for grants to counties or local governments. Waste tire grants are used for costs associated with the collection or recycling of waste tires.

The Office is now accepting grant applications for the FY15 Waste Tire Grant Program.  Applications must be received by the Office no later than 5 p.m. (EDT) Friday, April 18, 2014.

For a copy of the application instructions, or for more information, contact the Office by e-mail or by calling 1-800-768-7348.

  • Cycle: Annual with mid-year applications accepted for stockpile remediation.
  • Eligible Applicants: Counties, cities, towns or regions within South Carolina that provide solid waste services.
  • Award Amounts: Competitive
  • Scope: Collection and recycling of waste tires as well as remediation of waste tire dump sites.

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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) 898-1426. For additional information, you may contact the Office at 1-800-768-7348.

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This Web page was last updated on September 10, 2013.