According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recycling lowers the need for landfills, reduces pollution and conserves energy. Conservation also reduces the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the air, preserves valuable natural resources and helps maintain the environment for the future. Offering plenty of benefits, the government provides numerous grants for recycling, as the Recovery Act of 2009 offered more than £4 billion for projects and programs through the EPA.
The EPA encourages environmental projects that increase's people's understanding and expertise to make educated choices, including recycling efforts, that affect the quality of the environment. Each year, recycling grants funded by monies dispensed by Congress provide more than £1.3 million for education, with the majority of individual grants falling between £9,750 and £16,250.
Government grants are available for organisations to create and execute recycling outreach programs for lamps that include the toxic chemical mercury. The EPA estimates yearly sales of 600 million mercury-filled lamps in the United States, with the majority used at schools, offices, hospitals and residences. The outreach program promotes awareness of recycling choices concerning mercury lamps and how to properly dispose of them.
The Coca-Cola Recycling Bin Grant Program provides support for communities to recycle by providing beneficiaries with public bins to collect beverage containers. Government agencies, civic organisations, schools and non-profit organisations are eligible for the grant. The program promotes the use of recycling bins at community events and programs held by applicants.
Fishing Line Recycling
The federal government makes funds available for establishing fishing line recycling centres. Deserted fishing equipment can become caught on coral reefs, potentially entangling animals creating hazards for boats. The program also provides for the proper disposal of fishing equipment and creates awareness about the importance of recycling fishing lines.