Recycling and Waste Diversion Grant

    Recycling and Waste Diversion (RWD) Grant Program Summary

    The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) offers the Recycling and Waste Diversion (RWD) Grant as part of the Solid Waste Trust Fund (SWTF) Grant Program.

    EPD is offering $2,000,000 in funding for state fiscal year 2024.

    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 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

    RWD Grant FY 2024 Schedule

    Below is the anticipated schedule for the RWD Grant FY 2024 cycle:

    October 18, 2023 Informational webinar
    November 1, 2023 Application period opens
    December 31, 2023 Application period closes
    January - February 2024 Application review period
    March - May 2024 Grant funds awarded

    Updated October 17, 2023

    RWD Grant Documents

    1. Download this pdf file. FY 2024 RWD Grant Program Guidance  - Update October 17, 2023
    2. Download this doc file. FY 2024 RWD Grant Application  - Updated October 17, 2023
    3. Download this pdf file. FY 2024 RWD Grant Informational Meeting Presentation Slides
    4. Download this xls file. RWD Quarterly Report Form
    5. Download this xls file. RWD Reimbursement Request Form
    6. Download this pdf file. W9
    7. Download this pdf file. Contractor Affidavit

    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]

    FAQs - FY 2024

    Download this pdf file. RWD Grant Q&A - November 17, 2023

    Applicants may also view the FAQs from FY 2023 by visiting the RWD Grant Cycle FY23 page. 

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

    Previous Grant Cycles

    RWD Grant Cycle FY23