2017 RBAC Grant Winners State recycling business grants awarded this spring are expected to generate approximately 39 jobs, spur more than $1.4 million in new, private business investments and further reduce the state’s dependence on landfill disposal. Twenty-six companies that collect, process and manufacture new products with recycled materials will receive more than $550,000 in funds this fiscal year from N.C. DEQ's Recycling Business Assistance Center in 2017. Grants will support food recovery, food waste collection and composting processing capacity, upgrades to material recovery facilities, and recycling processing and end-use market capacity for a variety of other materials. Selected projects include: Action Pathways - 2nd Harvest ($24,000) — Action Pathways (Cumberland) will purchase a new refrigerated box truck to expand its collection of edible excess food. American Recycling of WNC ($30,000) — American Recycling of WNC (Buncombe) will purchase and install processing equipment to recover commercial film plastic at its Material Recovery Facility. Benfield Sanitation ($33,000) — Benfield Sanitation (Iredell) will purchase and install a conveyor system to optimize use of its paper screens and process additional fiber at its Material Recovery Facility. Carolina Dry Heat ($18,000) — Carolina Dry Heat (Davidson) will purchase 53-foot trailers to expand collection of mattresses for recycling from commercial and other sources. CompostNOW ($25,000) — CompostNOW (Wake) will purchase a truck equipped with a liftgate to service new commercial and mult-family food waste collection customers. Crown Town Compost ($12,000) — Crown Town Compost (Mecklenburg) will purchase a truck, a hauling trailer, and 64-gallon carts to expand food waste collection to additional residential and commercial customers. Danny's Dumpsters ($3,000) — Danny's Dumpsters (Buncombe) will purchase additional 64-gallon carts to add new commercial and institutional customers to its food waste collection routes. East Coast Consolidated ($25,000) — East Coast Consolidated (Onslow) will purchase roll-out carts and a split-body truck to serve additional households with curbside recycling in unincorporated areas of Onslow County. FoodFWD ($22,000) — FoodFWD (Durham) will purchase collection carts to enhance the capacity and efficiency of its food waste collection services. Foothills Sanitation & Recycling, Inc. ($20,000) — Foothills Sanitation & Recycling, Inc. (Wilkes) will install an eddy current to more efficiently process aluminum and improve overall capacity at its Materials Recovery Facility. Gallins Family Farm ($24,000) — Gallins Family Farm (Davie) will purchase a truck and cart tipper to expand food waste collection services to large corporate generators. Got Green Recycling ($15,000) — Got Green Recycling (Lincoln) will purchase recycling roll-out containers to expand recycling services to additional residential and commercial customers. Granville Pallet Company ($10,000) — Granville Pallet Company (Granville) will purchase a trim saw and dismantler to expand processing of wooden pallets from small collectors and commercial sources. Green Flair Recycling ($15,000) — Green Flair Recycling (Cleveland) will purchase and install a refurbished horizontal baler to expand processing capacity for recyclable plastic, cardboard, and other materials from industrial sources. Green Life Waste Solutions ($27,500) — Green Life Waste Solutions (Alamance) will purchase a shredder to process increased volumes of paper cores and other lower grades of paper. Hatteras Recycle ($20,000) — Hatteras Recycle (Dare) will purchase a rear loading and a satellite truck to more efficiently collect and transfer recyclable materials from commercial sources and vacation properties. McGill Environmental Systems of NC ($30,000) — McGill Environmental Systems of NC (Sampson) will add a high capacity feed hopper for a new a stationary screener at its Sampson County facility to improve the quality of finished compost. North Davidson Garbage ($33,000) — North Davidson Garbage (Davidson) will construct an addition to its Material Recovery Facility to improve the handling and quality of glass. Piedmont Asphalt ($20,000) — Piedmont Asphalt (Rockingham) will install a storage facility to enhance the quality and quantity of incoming shingles used in road pavement. Plastic Materials ($27,500) — Plastic Materials (Gaston) will add a shredder to expand its processing capacity for plastic film. Roll-Tech ($20,000) — Roll-Tech (Catawba) will expand its injection molding capacity to increase production of wheels and other roll cart components using recycled plastic and tire rubber. Simply Green ($15,000) — Simply Green (Burke) will purchase a new collection truck and carts to expand recycling collection services to additional households and commercial customers. Sonoco Recycling - Raleigh ($33,000) — Sonoco Recycling - Raleigh (Wake) will install a new optical sorter to more efficiently and effectively process multiple grades of recyclable plastic. Wallace Farm ($15,000) — Wallace Farm (Davie) will purchase a stacking conveyor to improve and expand processing capacity at its Davie County composting facility. Waste & Recycling Solutions ($14,000) — Waste & Recycling Solutions (Wake) will purchase densifying machinery to initiate a mobile recycling service for expanded polystyrene (EPS) from commercial and industrial sources. WRE Earth Farms ($20,000) — WRE Earth Farms (Gaston) will install a hoop storage building to store and manage additional collection containers, bag compost, and maintain composting equipment.