Recycling, Waste Reduction, and Diversion Grant

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is pleased to announce the Recycling, Waste Reduction, and Diversion (RWD) Grant as part of the Solid Waste Trust Fund (SWTF) Grant Program. The amount of available funding is $2,000,000 for state fiscal year 2023.

The RWD Grant furthers the goals for the SWTF by providing financial support to projects in Georgia to reduce solid waste, recover valuable materials, support manufacturing, and encourage innovation.

RWD Grants will be awarded to projects that meet the criteria described in Rule 391-3-21-.17 of the Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia (Rules), which are designed to ensure that projects will demonstrate financial sustainability and quantitative results.


Eligible applicants and recipients for the RWD Grant include:

  1. Counties, municipalities, or any combination of the same, hereafter referred to as local governments
  2. Public authorities, agencies, commissions, or institutions

Project Types

The RWD Grant allows eligible applicants to develop project proposals that best support their communities’ needs. Projects must focus on increasing recycling, reducing waste, and/or diverting recoverable materials from the solid waste stream as described in the authorized uses of the SWTF.

Examples of RWD Grant projects may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Recycling and Waste Diversion Infrastructure – Projects that create, expand, or improve infrastructure at materials recovery facilities (MRF), recycling transfer stations, convenience centers, or through other equipment that will increase the capacity to serve customers
  2. Hub and Spoke Development – Projects that create, expand, or improve the operation of recycling hub and spoke infrastructure, collection, distribution, and logistics
  3. Hard-to-Recycle Materials – Projects that create, expand, or improve the operation of hard-to-recycle and/or household hazardous waste recycling facilities
  4. Recovery of Additional Materials – Projects that collect and/or process new material streams
  5. Waste Reduction – Projects that create, expand, or improve programs at the local level to reduce waste
  6. Innovation – Projects that demonstrate innovative processes for waste reduction or innovative use of recycled products

2022-2023 Grant Cycle

The application period will start August 1, 2022. The deadline for submitting applications is September 30, 2022.

The RWD Grant will be administered according to the following schedule:

August 1

Application period open

September 30

Application submission deadline

October – November

Application review

December - January

Grant funds awarded


Second application period opens if funding is available

RWD Grant Documents

  1. Download this pdf file. RWD Grant Guidelines
  2. Download this pdf file. RWD Grant Application

Application Instructions

Completed applications and supporting materials may be submitted electronically through email or mailed. Applications may also be hand delivered. Applications through fax will not be accepted. 

Mailing and Street Address:       

Georgia Environmental Protection Division

Recovered Materials Unit

4244 International Parkway, Suite 104

Atlanta, GA 30354

[email protected]

Grant Webinar Recordings and Presentation Slides

Download this pdf file. RWD Grant Presentation Slides  


Questions should be submitted to the following email address: [email protected].

Download this pdf file. RWD Grant FAQs - September 30, 2022