The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently accepting applications to its Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) 2021 Anaerobic Digestion Grant Program. Individual entities may receive grants of $50,000-$200,000 for Anaerobic Digestion projects to address at least one of the program’s objectives. Non-profit organizations and state, local, tribal, interstate and intrastate government agencies are all eligible to apply for funding by the October 7, 2021 deadline. On August 2, the EPA will host an informational webinar on the program. Register for the webinar here.
The SMM 2021 Anaerobic Digestion Grant Program seeks to advance the development of new or to enhance/increase existing anaerobic digestion capacity and infrastructure in the United States. Anaerobic Digestion is an alternative to landfilling that has two main products: biogas, a renewable energy source, and digestate, which can improve soil health.
County governments play an essential role in the nation’s waste system, as local governments are the primary provider of waste management services across the country. 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, combustors and transfer stations. During the 2021 Annual Conference, the Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee adopted a policy resolution supporting the full inclusion of Waste to Energy in the Production Tax Credit, the Clean Energy Standard, climate programs, and other related policies.