Recycling County Coordinator Resources
Electronic Collection and Recycling Grant Program for Counties and Municipalities
Many counties and municipalities elect to separately collect and manage computers and video display devices to prevent their introduction into the municipal solid waste stream. This not only saves valuable landfill capacity and recycles useful materials, but also protects public health and the environment from the potential effects of harmful metals and chemicals that may leach from these devices.
To assist in the collection and recycling of computers and video display devices, the Maryland Department of the Environment (the "Department") is making grants available to counties that have addressed methods for the separate collection and recycling of computers and video display devices in their solid waste management plans and to municipalities for local computer and video display device recycling programs under the Statewide Electronics Recycling Program. The source of funding will be computer and video display device manufacturer registration fees from the State Recycling Trust Fund. Grant awards will be a maximum of $15,000 for counties and $5,000 for municipalities and will be for a period beginning on the date MDE executes the Interagency Agreement (IAA) and ending on March 31, 2017. Counties and municipalities must pay costs related to the activities in the proposed projects upfront, and then seek reimbursement from the Department.
Grant applications must provide a detailed description of the proposed electronics recycling program to be covered by the grant, including, but not limited to: the amount of the grant request (including a minimum request amount); a description of the current county or municipality electronics recycling program; the location of the proposed grant activity; any costs to residents; types of computers, video display devices, and other electronics to be accepted; equipment to be purchased; personnel salary costs; types and cost of advertising; and the time period covered by the grant. Grants will be awarded based upon a number of criteria, including the amount of money available through the State Recycling Trust Fund, the existence of a current county or municipal electronics recycling program, proposal for a new program, the type of covered electronic devices (as defined in the Statewide Electronics Recycling Program Law) to be collected and recycled in the Scope of Work and Workplan, potential for the proposal to make a significant improvement in an existing program, potential of the program to increase recycling of electronics by residents, and financial need including per capita income.
A letter requesting application for a grant, a completed IAA signed by person within the county or municipality responsible for contracts, and the completed Scope of Work must be received by the Department no later than 5:00 P.M. on Friday, April 29, 2016. Only grant applications, Scopes of Work, and signed IAAs received by the April 29, 2016 deadline will be considered. Grant applications should be either hand delivered, mailed, faxed, or emailed to:
Mr. Dave Mrgich
Maryland Department of the Environment
Land Management Administration
Resource Management Program
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 610
Baltimore, MD 21230-1719
Faxed or emailed grant applications must be followed-up with an original grant application that is postmarked by the April 29, 2016 deadline. Failure to follow-up faxed or emailed grant applications, by the deadline, with the original grant application, Scope of Work, and signed IAA will result in the disqualification of the grant application even if the faxed or emailed grant application was received by April 29th. Grant awards are anticipated to be made by July 1, 2016.
We look forward to receiving your application and working with you to provide enhanced electronics recycling activities in your jurisdiction. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 410‑537-4142, toll-free at 800-633-6101 extension 4142, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
County Coordinator MRA Reporting Forms
Note: The Department collects and reports in the annual MRA Tonnage Reporting Surveys the amount of waste disposed at Maryland Permitted Solid Waste Acceptance Facilities. Counties still need to report the waste recycled at the permitted acceptance facilities along with the waste disposed at solid waste acceptance facilities that are not permitted in Maryland. Counties should print a copy of the permitted acceptance facilities for their use.
Permitted solid waste acceptance facilities with the same contact information are listed under a single County. For example, in Calvert County (page 2) Appeal MSW Landfill, Calvert County Transfer Station, and Barstow Sanitary Landfill (Closed) are listed under the same contact information. In this example, information needs to be reported from the 2 active facilities.
In order to assist Counties in gathering accurate recycling totals, MDE has developed the Business Recycling Reporting Survey. This form is NOT INTENDED for PROCESSORS of RECYCLABLES, but for commercial businesses located in a jurisdiction that may recycle their waste. e.g., retail stores, service businesses, manufacturing, etc.
Businesses' waste disposed totals must be collected, by a County Recycling Coordinator, for all businesses that have their recycling totals reported in the County's Annual MRA Tonnage Reporting Survey. Use of this survey ensures that business information needed by MDE to approve a County's annual recycling totals are collected. In order to complete the survey County Recycling Coordinators will need a copy of Maryland Permitted Solid Waste Acceptance Facilities.
Note: If a County wishes to report a business's recycling totals, the County needs to make sure that a business's waste disposed totals are also reported. If a County can not verify the waste disposed totals for a business, then the recycling totals from that business will not be accepted for inclusion in the County's annual recycling totals reported to the Department via the MRA Tonnage Reporting Survey.
County Recycling Coordinators are not required to use the Business Recycling Reporting Survey. However, use of the survey ensures all business information needed is collected.
Processor MRA Reporting Forms
For additional information, please contact The Resource Management Program at 410-537-3314
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