The EPA is seeking applications for projects to help reduce food loss and waste and divert food waste from landfills by expanding anaerobic digester capacity in the United States. EPA anticipates awarding up to $3 million in total funding. Individual projects could be in the range of $50,000–$300,000 for the funding period. EPA will be hosting an informational webinar for this funding opportunity on June 2, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. ET. To register for the to register for the webinar, click here. The deadline to submit applications to receive funding is July 14, 2020. Additional information is available on Grants.gov, under Funding Opportunity Announcement EPA-OLEM-ORCR-20-02.
Counties play a key role solid waste management. Environmental stewardship is a primary function of county governments to ensure healthy, safe and vibrant communities for our residents. In order to ensure a safe and clean environment for residents, counties have the authority and responsibility to undertake solid waste management activities, such as operating waste facilities, recycling centers, residential and commercial waste collection, landfills, composting, combustors and transfer stations.
NACo has worked closely with EPA to address national food waste management concerns. In April 2019, NACo participated in the EPA’s Winning on Reducing Food Waste event, which featured representatives from all levels of government as well as private industry to discuss food waste challenges and opportunities facing communities.