The East Alabama Recycling Partnership (EARP) was established in 2009 to apply for a grant from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM). Funding for the grant is made possible through the Solid Wastes & Recyclable Materials Management Act passed by the Alabama Legislature in 2008. The legislation set a $1 per ton fee on all solid wastes disposed of in Alabama landfills, a portion of which supports the Alabama Recycling Fund. EARP has been awarded nearly one million dollars of grant funds by ADEM.
Planning and working together, EARP members have enhanced their recycling programs, seeking to maximize recycling participation, reduce operation costs, and more effectively market recycled materials. The sharing of ideas and resources provides a strong foundation for a future regional recycling program.