Recycling Consolidation Grant to responsible units

The Recycling grant application period is closed. It is anticipated that a new application period will open in mid July of 2015 pending availability of funding.

The Recycling Consolidation Grant is available in addition to the basic Recycling Grant. This grant program was created in the state 2011-13 Budget to offer supplemental assistance for Responsible Units (e.g. cities, towns, villages, counties, tribes or solid waste management system) that meet the eligibility criteria in s. 287.24, Wis. Stats.

Who can apply

Eligible applicants

Responsible Units: cities, towns, villages, counties, federally recognized tribe or band in this state or a solid waste management system under s. 59.70(2), Wis. Stats. and s. 287.09(1), Wis. Stats.

In order to be eligible for the Recycling Consolidation Grant, Responsible Units must:


Eligible costs

Residential and 2-4 unit household recycling and yard waste program costs (net of the sale of recovered materials). Examples include but are not limited to:

  • education & outreach materials,
  • collection/transport of residential recyclables,
  • RU employee salary, wages and benefits,
  • utility services,
  • contractual (purchased) services, and
  • rents and leases.

Examples of ineligible costs

Collection of recyclables or yard waste from governmental, businesses and residential housing larger than 4 units and other costs as defined in s. NR 542.05, Wis. Adm. Code [exit DNR].


Calendar year

Applications are submitted from July through October 1 for the upcoming grant year.

Grant award payments are issued no later than June 1 of the grant year.

Actual expenditure documentation is due annually on April 30 for the preceding year by completing the Recycling Activities and Actual Costs Annual Report.

Completed grant applications that are submitted by the due date of October 1 are eligible for full funding. Applications submitted after the October 1 due date are subject to reduced funding as follows:

Date Submitted Percent Funding
By October 1 100%
By October 10 95%
By October 20 90%
By October 30 75%
October 31 or later 0%

Note: If the grant application due date falls on a non-business day, the due date is moved to the next business day.

How to apply

Application process

Our recycling grant application is available on line from July through October each year. Responsible Units will receive an e-mail notification with recycling grant application instructions on or about the 1st of July each year.

There is one application for recycling grants. If you are applying for the basic Recycling Grant you do not have to complete the section related to Recycling Consolidation. If you are applying for both the basic Recycling Grant and Recycling Consolidation Grant you will need to fill out the basic application and the Section specific to Recycling Consolidation.

You need to have a User ID and password to access the electronic application system. Go to the DNR Switchboard to log in or register and get a User ID.


Contact information
For information on recycling grants, contact:
Kari Beetham
DNR Community Financial Assistance
Last revised: Monday May 18 2015