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Household Hazardous Waste Grants

Grants to California Local, Regional, and Tribal Agencies
for Projects Addressing Hazardous Residential Refuse

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California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Deadline Date:

05/06/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to California local, regional, and tribal agencies for projects addressing hazardous residential refuse. Funding is intended for new or existing facilities as well as projects to enhance existing programs. Applicants for facilities projects must be past the design phase of planning and be "shovel ready". Applicants must have completed proper site analysis, conceptual design and most of the local approval processes.

Cycle 36:

Grant applications must indicate one of the following types of projects:

  • Construction of a new Permanent HHW Collection Facility or Recycle-Only HHW Collection Facility
  • A construction project that expands/upgrades an existing Permanent HHW Collection Facility or Recycle-Only Collection Facility Projects that do not fall within one of these categories will not be eligible for grant funding.

Cycle 37:

This grant cycle has been designed for smaller projects that complement existing and/or regional HHW programs in California. Grant applications must include one or more of the following types of projects:

  • HHW public education and outreach for general audiences (may include extended producer responsibility (EPR) information).
  • Implementation of sustainable EPR collection opportunities
  • Project to: Determine and implement the most safe and cost effective methods for collecting propane gas cylinders and/or marine flares; Implement effective education programs and identify effective incentives that reduce the disposal of household hazardous waste. 
  • Set-up and operation of temporary or mobile collection program for one-day or multi-day collection events for the following except for those materials that are currently covered by another recycling/collection program
  • New or expanded curbside and/or door-to-door collection programs to allow for the collection of new and eligible HHW materials.
  • Minor improvements to an existing HHW facility. (Examples include but are not limited to: storage bins, signage, painting, paving, shelving, etc.)
  • Purchase of personal protection equipment.
  • 8-hour refresher Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standards (HAZWOPER) training.

More about eligible types of projects can be found on page 5 of the Cycle 37 Guidelines. See Supporting Documents, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167052

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Cycle 36: $250,000 per grant award.
- Cycle 37: $50,000 for individual applicants per grant award; $100,000 for the following applicants: Rural area counties (must have population of 200,000 or less), Regional or JPA applicants

Term of Contract:

Grant Performance Period - Grantee may incur costs after the issuance of the Notice to Proceed date to this date.
- Cycle 36: September 30, 2025
- Cycle 37: September 30, 2024

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

California cities, counties, and local agencies, including Indian reservations and Rancherias, with direct responsibility for HHW management are eligible to apply.

Only one application per qualifying entity will be accepted. Eligible applicants may submit an individual or regional application. One entity must be identified as the lead applicant to act on behalf of itself and its participating jurisdictions. The grants are available to:
- Local governments (cities, counties, and city and counties) as defined in Public Resources Code section 30109 that have direct responsibility for HHW management.
- Regional or local sanitation agencies and waste agencies, having direct responsibility for HHW management.
- Joint Powers Authorities (JPA) if the JPA agreement includes solid and/or hazardous waste management responsibilities.
- Qualifying Indian Tribes with direct responsibility for HHW management. A “Qualifying Indian Tribe” is defined as an Indian tribe, band, nation or other organized group or community, residing within the borders of California, which: 1. Is recognized for special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of the status of its members as Indians; or 2. Can establish that it is a government entity and meets the criteria of the grant program.

Cycle 36: California Labor Code section 1782 will prohibit charter cities from receiving state funds or financial assistance for construction projects if those cities do not comply with sections 1770-1782 of the Labor Code. If any applicants or participating jurisdictions are charter cities or joint powers authorities that include charter cities, the lead participating jurisdiction must certify that Labor Code section 1782 does not prohibit any included charter city from receiving state funds for the project described in this application, more information can be found on CalRecycle's California Labor Code section 1782.

Pre-Application Information:

- April 20, 2021: Question and Answer Period and Due Date. Questions may be submitted from application release date to this date. Questions regarding the application and its requirements must be submitted in writing via email. Questions and answers (Q&A) will be posted periodically during the Q&A period. It is the applicant's responsibility to check the Q&A webpage regularly to ensure that they are aware of all program details.
- May 6, 2021: Application Due Date. Application Access: Applications must be submitted via Grants Management System (GMS) by 11:59 p.m. on this date. Customer service will only be provided until 4:00 p.m. on the application due date.
- June 3, 2021: Secondary Due Date-Resolution and Environmentally Preferable Purchasing and Practices (EPPP) Policy
- September 2021: Grants Awarded. CalRecycle considers funding recommendations, and if approved, conditionally awards grants in this month (tentative).

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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If you are unable to access the GMS or need assistance you may send an email to or call Melissa Sanford at (916) 341-6104.

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