EPA Offers Grants to Communities to Boost Recycling

The United States Environmental Protection Agency is providing grants to two low income municipalities in Puerto Rico to improve recycling and composting and to help with the reduction of water pollution.

The award of close to fifty thousand dollars will be provided to two non-profit organizations
Scuba Dogs Society and Leaders of the World, to provide education to lower-income municipalities about best practices in waste management and recycling and the dangerous consequences that improper or illegal waste disposal can have on citizen’s health and overall water quality. The money comes from the EPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grants Program, which helps communities develop solutions to public health and environmental issues.

These grant funds will be used to move the community to increase their participation in waste recycling, reduction, and composting.

The two groups will split the award money evenly in educating both the youth population as well as individuals and business owners who earn their livelihood from fishing or other marine activities.

Launched in 1994, the small grants program has assisted over one thousand three hundred communities throughout the US and its territories as a way to bring environmental awareness to undeserved populations.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: If your community or organization is looking to improve waste disposal and recycling practices, consider grant programs such as this one from the EPA or your state environmental department. A good idea may attract funding and help to improve the quality of life for your residents!