NMED: New Mexico Communities Awarded More Than $776K For Recycling, Illegal Dumpsite Clean-Up Projects

NMED Cabinet Secretary James Kenney

NMED News:

New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has announced the latest round of recipients of Recycling and Illegal Dumping (RAID) grants for fiscal year 2021.

Communities, tribes and pueblos around the state – many in rural areas – received more than $776,000 for projects related to recycling, cleaning up illegal dumpsites, conducting community outreach and education and scrap tire and household hazardous waste collection, among others. 

“This funding allows rural communities of New Mexico to complete projects that ultimately protect human health and the environment, as well as improve the quality of life for their citizens,” NMED Cabinet Secretary James Kenney said.  

Funding has been awarded to:

The RAID grant is made possible through a special revenue fund derived from a fee on motor vehicle registrations. Approximately $800,000 is available through the fund annually. Between 2006 and 2019, NMED awarded 308 RAID grants totaling $9.1 million.

The application period for the grant program is in February and March of each year. Grant recipients are selected by the 12-member RAID Alliance appointed by the NMED Cabinet Secretary. 

More information on the RAID program is available here.

The full list of 2021 recipients and project details: