Leominster Firm to Share in $1M Recycling Grant
BOSTON -- The Baker-Polito administration Tuesday awarded more than $1 million in grants to six companies under the Recycling Business Development Grant program, including one in Leominster, which will enable the companies to better process and manage glass, wood, plastics and mixed recyclables.
The program, administered by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, will expand the recycling operations and increase the amount and quality of recycling now occurring at Aaron Industries Corp. of Leominster with a grant of up to $80,000.
“Partnering with private businesses and local stakeholders is a vital part of our efforts to increase and improve recycling in Massachusetts to protect our natural resources and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. “These recycling grants will support local businesses, grow the economy and make the Commonwealth more sustainable.”
The RBDG program targets difficult-to-recycle materials, including glass, wood, plastics, and mixed recyclables. This most-recent round of grants will fund projects that promote materials recovery and will build the state’s infrastructure to better manage these materials. As a condition of receiving funding, grant recipients commit to meeting tonnage goals over a two-year period.
“It is vital that we take a hard look at industries with ‘difficult-to-recycle materials’ and find new and innovative ways to remove those barriers,” said state Rep. Natalie Higgins (D-Leominster). “I’m proud that Aaron Industries Corp. is a recipient of the RBDG grant program and will be reducing production waste and finding new opportunities to re-use post-consumer materials from our municipal recycling facilities.”