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DEQ announces $146,800 in grant funding to support sustainable materials management projects

February 4, 2022

Contact: Ben Jarvis, Pollution Prevention & Continuous Improvement Lead, Ben.Jarvis@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE —The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking project proposals that enhance or support innovative waste reduction or prevention.

A total of $146,800 will be made available to support selected projects for 18 months, starting May 1, 2022. DEQ is reissuing the solicitation after awarding $73,200 to Boise State to purchase and operate a food waste digester.

The funding is made possible through a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Sustainable Materials Management Program, which promotes using and reusing materials more productively over their entire lifecycle.

Previously, Sustainable Materials Management grant funds have supported projects that increase the recycling and reuse rate of construction and demolition waste, reduce food waste, increase rural recycling rates, and encourage yard waste composting. Emphasis for this grant will be placed on projects that seek to reuse materials or divert them from the landfill while demonstrating long term financial sustainability.

More information on eligibility, project descriptions, and proposal submissions may be found on DEQ’s Vendor Opportunities page.

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