Recycling awards go to 4
The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources announced the winners of its statewide recycling grants earlier this week.
Combined, the grant money should generate more than 240 jobs and $22.9 million in new business investments, along with a reduction in landfill disposal dependence, according to a statement from the state.
The grants were awarded to 43 companies, including four from Union County. Recipients were required to provide a minimum cash match of 50 percent of the grant award. The funding for the grants came form a percentage of the taxes on solid waste disposal, new white goods and other sources.
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Boggs Paving of Monroe, Carolina Shingle Recycling LLC of Indian Trail, Union County Habitat for Humanity of Monroe and God Bless the USA of Indian trail received the grants.
Union County Habitat for Humanity received $21,500 from the state. The organization is matching with $13,500 and they will add one new employee. They are using the grant money for a 20-foot box body truck and trailer in order to help transport additional construction and demolition materials.
“We’re expanding our work in Anson County, so we’re expanding our recycling program as well,” Executive Director Mike Reece said. “Last year we (recycled) 200 tons of material, 200 tons of recyclable material that we pulled out of the...street.”
The materials included cardboard, aluminum, milk jugs, steel, copper and other materials.
“We’re hoping that we can increase our tonnage by another 50 tons,” Reece said.
The nonprofit is also looking to hire a recycle, repair and rehab coordinator in July, when the grant money goes into effect.
“This gentleman will coordinate our recycling program, but he will also be responsible for home repairs and some rehabs as well.”
One example of where the truck will be handy was a call Reece received earlier. He has a house that is about 30 years old and is scheduled for demolition. He called for a group of volunteers to come in and remove everything. Reece said the group will remove the cabinets, doors appliances and will go to the stud walls to remove piping and wiring.
“Whatever we can reuse or recycle will come out of that house,” Reece said. Some will go to recycling and some will go to the Re-Store.
This is their second time receiving this grant, though this year’s grant is larger.
Boggs Paving, Inc. was awarded $30,000 and will match $60,000. The grant should create seven jobs. They will use the money to purchase a horizontal grinder to increase the capacity and divert more asphaly shingles to their recycling operation.
Carolina Shingling Recycling, LLC was awarded $30,000 and will match $50,000. The grant should create three jobs. They will use the money to purchase and build a metal building to protect raw shingles and other finished products from the elements.
God Bless the USA was awarded $40,000 and will match another $40,000. Their grant is not anticipated to create jobs. The funding will be used to purchase 95-gallon recycling carts to transition their customers from 16-gallon recycling bins to the 95-gallon carts.
“We are pleased to make these awards,” John Skvarla, secretary of N.C. Department of Environment and Natural resources, said in a statement. “This program supports Governor McCrory’s efforts to accelerate business investment and private job sector growth in North Carolina.”