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Recycling grant awards help environment, create jobs and spur economic growth


RALEIGH – Environmental officials say the latest batch of state recycling business grants should help generate more than 84 jobs, $1.6 million in new business investments and a reduction in the state’s dependence on landfill disposal.

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources say 32 companies will receive a share of the $800,000 in matching grants the state’s Recycling Business Assistance Center awarded this spring. All of the companies will have received the funds by June 30. Recipients must match at least 50 percent of their grant awards.

“These grants will improve one of the state’s fastest growing economies and help protect the environment at the same time,” said Scott Mouw, the state’s recycling coordinator.  “They will help capture valuable resources from waste, while creating jobs and new investment in North Carolina communities.”

The Recycling Business Assistance Center grant program is funded through an annual appropriation from the North Carolina General Assembly.

Staff with the department’s Recycling Business Assistance Center, or the RBAC, issue requests for proposal once a year from recycling businesses. The state program evaluates proposals based on how effective the projects will be at helping the business start or expand its recycling efforts, the number of jobs the project is estimated to create and several other factors.

The grant recipients represent large and small companies that collect and process materials into commodities to feed back to the economy. Grantees also include manufacturers who use recycled materials to make new products. Some of the projects receiving grants in 2014 include:

· FFD II DBA Recycle Carolina in Waxhaw, which received a $30,000 grant to install and put into operation a concrete pad for sorting, processing and distribution of construction and demolition recyclable materials. The company estimates the project will create 10 jobs.

· Blow Molded Solutions in Mayodan, which received a $20,262 grant to install an 80,000-pound silo to hold post-consumer, high-density polyethylene to increase recycled content of manufactured goods. The company estimates the project will create four jobs.

· Waste Knot in Charlotte, which received $30,000 to install and operate a horizontal grinder so the company can process more wood waste. The company estimates the grinder will create five new jobs.

· Full Circle Recycle in Zebulon, which received $20,000 to buy a large commercial shredder to improve and expand food waste processing. The company estimates this will create four new jobs.

Grants also were awarded to companies to support additional food waste collection projects, expand compost processing capacity, and buy compactors and conveyors to more efficiently transport commingled recyclable materials. For a complete list of this spring’s award recipients, check out the list on the following pages or RBAC’s web page: .


2014 Recycling Business Development Grant Awards

GRANTEEGRANT AMOUNTCOMPANY MATCHJOBS CREATEDCITYPROJECT SUMMARYAbbey Green$30,000$23,0001Winston-SalemAbbey Green will purchase a loader, trailer, and yard switcher to process mixed construction & demolition (C&D) debris.Agromatters$28,900$14,4502ConcordAgromatters will purchase a grinder, debagger, and mixer to increase efficiency in the company's compost operation.Blow Molded Solutions$20,262$20,2634MayodanBlow Molded Solutions will purchase and utilize an 80,000 pound silo to hold post-consumer high-density polyethylene (HDPE) to increase recycled content of manufactured goods.Blue Ridge Biofuels$9,500$5,3701AshevilleBlue Ridge Biofuels will purchase cooking oil recycling collection bins, signs, and a shaker filter unit to increase collection capacity.Brooks Contractor$40,000$42,6472GoldstonBrooks Contractor will install a compost mixing and bagging operation, and will purchase bins to collect food waste from large quantity generators.Coastal Ladies Carting - Pink Trash$15,000$85,0002WilmingtonCoastal Ladies Carting (Pink Trash) will purchase a rear load truck for commingled recycling collection.Consolidated Waste Services (CWS)$35,000$78,2291WeavervilleCWS will purchase self-contained compactors to convert drop sites to single stream.Danny's Dumpsters$25,140$12,5701LeicesterDanny's Dumpsters will purchase a skid steer to increase production and efficiency in the company's compost operations.DC Foam$10,000$8,7502MorrisvilleDC Foam will purchase a carpet tester that determines carpet resin for recycling separation.DSR Investors$30,000$15,0001GatesvilleDSR Investors will purchase a backhoe, dump truck, and flatbed trailer to increase capacity in deconstruction operations.Earth Farms$40,000$193,2941StanleyEarth Farms will purchase a roll-off truck with an organic hauling body to increase food waste collection efficiency.Earth Stone Products$30,000$28,9031ReidsvilleEarth Stone Products will purchase a truck, trailer and bobcat to enable product pick up, delivery and installation.Elite Waste$17,745$11,9092RaleighElite Waste will purchase and use five concrete washout containers to capture and increase waste concrete recycling.ERI - Electronics Recyclers International$20,000$72,0863BadinERI will purchase and put into use a box body truck with lift gate to better serve smaller municipalities and businesses in rural North Carolina with electronics recycling collection service.FFD II DBA Recycle Carolina$30,000$43,50010WaxhawFFD II will install and put into operation a concrete pad for the sorting, processing and distribution of C&D recyclable materials.Food FWD$17,000$8,5001DurhamFood FWD will purchase collection containers and a truck cart lift to enable the company to provide food waste collection service.Full Circle Recycle$20,000$119,5004ZebulonFull Circle Recycle will purchase a large commercial shredder to improve and expand food waste processing.

2014 Recycling Business Development Grant Awards (cont.)

GRANTEEGRANT AMOUNTCOMPANY MATCHJOBS CREATEDCITYPROJECT SUMMARYGallins Family Farm$40,000$72,8401MocksvilleGallins Family Farm will purchase a tractor and windrow turner to increase composting operation efficiency.God Bless the USA$25,000$122,3871Indian TrailGod Bless the USA will purchase a recycling truck to service additional routes it has purchased from other area companies.Greasecycle$30,000$101,7302RaleighGreasecycle will purchase a truck and trailer to expand the company's collection and processing of grease trap waste from area restaurants and other generators.Green Options II$10,000$8,5006KernersvilleGreen Options II will purchase and put into use a Thermo Scientific Micro Phazir to analyze and identify the types of fiber polymers present in different carpet.NC Pallet Recycling LLC$17,197$8,5981RaleighNC Pallet Recycling will purchase a box truck with lift gate and pallet jack that will be used to recover and remanufacture used wooden pallets.New East Recycling & Container Service$18,000$30,0002GreenvilleNew East Recycling and Container will purchase a roll off truck for C&D recycling.Plastic Materials Inc.$30,000$28,6136LowellPlastic Materials, Inc. will purchase, install and put into use testing and production equipment to expand the company's capacity to process contaminated plastic scrap materials.Sanitary Disposal & Recycling$26,000$13,0001WashingtonSanitary Disposal will purchase recycling carts, a container with compactor and a roll off truck for its curbside recycling service.Simply Green Recycling Service$18,523$9,2241MorgantonSimply Green will purchase a box truck and recycling bins for restaurant and commercial recycling.Sonoco Recycling Charlotte$25,000$32,0352CharlotteSonoco Recycling Charlotte will purchase, install and put into use two compactors and conveyors at its Salisbury and Gastonia locations to more efficiently transport single-stream recyclable materials to the company’s single-stream MRF in Charlotte.The Recycling Group$25,000$55,0002Connelly SpringsThe Recycling Group will purchase repair parts and repair and upgrade the company's horizontal baler.Tilthy Rich Compost$12,000$6,0002DurhamTilthy Rich Compost will purchase a truck with lift gate and collection carts to increase food waste collection.Verity Recycling$40,000$70,8006AsheboroVerity Recycling will install and put into operation a granulator and elutriation system to sort and grind mixed rigid recyclable plastics.Wallace Farm$40,000$96,7508HuntersvilleWallace Farm will purchase a heavy duty truck to increase hauling capabilities at its compost facility.Waste Knot$30,000$255,0005CharlotteWaste Knot will install and put into operation a horizontal grinder in order to process a higher volume of wood waste.TOTAL$805,192$1,693,42784

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