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.

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.


The FY24 Grant Cycle has closed. Information on that cycle can be accessed here: RWD Grant Cycle FY24

EPD does not have a budget or a timeline established yet for a future cycle. Updates will be posted to this page. If you would like to be added to our mailing list for updates, please contact [email protected].

Updated May 1, 2024


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 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 xls file. RWD Quarterly Report Form
  4. Download this xls file. RWD Reimbursement Request Form
  5. Download this pdf file. W9
  6. Download this pdf file. Contractor Affidavit
  7. Download this pdf file. RWD Application Signature Page

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]

Previous Grant Cycles

RWD Grant Cycle FY23

RWD Grant Cycle FY24

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