Cape & Islands Awarded Sustainable Materials Grants

BARNSTABLE – The Cape and Islands have been awarded $516,463 through the MassDEP’s 2019 Recycling Dividends Program under the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program.  

The grants support local recycling, composting organics, reuse, source reduction, policy development, and enforcement activities that increase diversion and reduce disposal.

The money will enhance Barnstable County Government’s effort to provide technical assistance on waste reduction and recycling to towns across the Cape and Islands.

Towns across the county received funding for implementation of programs such as mattress recycling, Pay as You Throw, sheds for universal waste, and source-separated glass collection.

“With these funds, MassDEP has responded to the respective needs and challenges of the 21 municipalities, and this will help improve and expand programs at these solid waste facilities,” said Kari Parcell, Barnstable County Cape Cod Cooperative Extension’s Municipal Assistance Coordinator.   

This is the second year that all 15 towns of Barnstable County were awarded RDP funds.

Nantucket joins the MasterDEP grant program for the first time, and the towns of Oak Bluffs and Tisbury rejoin after several years.

Listed below are the towns and awards received:

Barnstable County:

Barnstable- $14,300 in RDP funds and $7,500 for mattress recycling at the transfer station

Bourne- $16,900 in RDP funds

Brewster- $9,600 in RDP funds

Chatham- $8,400 in RDP funds

Dennis- $13,200 in RDP funds

Eastham- $6,600 in RDP funds

Falmouth- $35,000 in RDP funds

Harwich- $12,100 in RDP funds

Mashpee- $6,600 in RDP funds

Orleans- $5,400 in RDP funds and $34,890 for implementation of ‘pay as you throw’

Provincetown- $9,600 in RDP funds

Sandwich- $9,600 in RDP funds

Truro- $8,400 in RDP funds

Wellfleet- $10,200 in RDP funds and $6,667 for a mattress recycling initiative

Yarmouth- $13,000 in RDP funds and $6,000 for source-separation of glass

Dukes County:

Chilmark- $2,800 in RDP funds

Edgartown- $3,500 in RDP funds

Oak Bluffs- $4,200 in RDP funds and $3,000 for a universal waste shed, $7,500 for  mattress recycling initiative equipment, and $5,612 for mattress recycling initiative

Tisbury- $6,600 in RDP funds and $4,931 mattress recycling initiative, $138,030 for ‘pay as you throw’, $3,000 for a universal waste shed, and $7,500 for mattress recycling equipment

West Tisbury- $3,500 in RDP funds

Nantucket County:

$18,200 in RDP funds and $61,833 for mattress recycling initiative, $10,000 for mattress recycling equipment, and $3,000 for a universal waste shed

About Luke Leitner

Luke Leitner grew up in Watertown Massachusetts and now lives in West Yarmouth on the Cape. He has been a part of the news team in the News Center since the spring of 2019. He studied business communications at Western New England University.
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