Questions and Answers: Household Hazardous Waste Grant Program, HD38 (FY 2022–23)

Questions about the Household Hazardous Waste, HD38 grant application were accepted in writing only, no later than June 9, 2022. Similar or related questions were grouped together or reworded for clarity and responded to as one question.

The question and answer period is now closed. All questions and answers are posted on this site.

General | Eligibility | Funding | Application


  • 1. Can you clarify the difference between an individual applicant and a regional applicant?
  • An individual applicant is a single public entity (city, county, or city and county), applying on its own behalf. The jurisdiction may have partners or subcontractors, but it is the only applicant and is individually responsible for the grant.
  • A regional applicant is comprised of two or more public entities, with a lead jurisdiction designated to act on behalf of all participating jurisdictions. The lead jurisdiction will be the Grantee and will be responsible for the performance of the grant, recordkeeping and submitting all required documentation. If a jurisdiction is a participant in a regional application, it cannot submit an individual application.
  • Joint Powers Authorities (JPAs) may submit a grant application as an individual applicant by submitting a copy of its joint powers agreement. However, because they represent multiple public entities, JPAs are afforded the same maximum grant award as a regional applicant. An entity may not submit an individual application if that entity is also a member of an applicant JPA. Please refer to the “Eligible Applicants” section in the Application Guidelines and Instructions.
  • 2. What date should applicants anticipate receiving a Notice to Proceed letter upon award of a Cycle 38 grant?
    CalRecycle staff anticipates awarding grants in September 2022. Notice to Proceed emails will be sent September 2022 after the Grant Agreement is executed. Please note that these dates are tentative.
  • 3. What is your definition of unserved communities? What if a jurisdiction is using another city’s facility through an MOU (it is far away and not convenient)? Does this qualify as unserved?
    If the jurisdiction has neither HHW collection services (includes access to collection services through an MOU) nor an existing HHW facility within the community, it would be considered underserved.


  • 1. What does it mean for an eligible construction project to be “shovel ready” and shown as beyond the planning phase? For our project, the construction company would obtain the permit, not the jurisdiction.
    The applicant must show that it has completed, with proof, the proper site analysis, conceptual design, necessary permits, licensing, and siting approvals when submitting the application. In essence, the project must be “shovel ready” and ready to start at any time after grant funds are awarded.
  • 2. Is the HD38 grant the correct grant to apply for if we need to purchase an HHW storage container for our landfills HHW load check program?
    No. The focus of the HD38 grant program is construction projects that establish or expand existing facilities. The HD39 grant cycle is designed for smaller projects that complement existing facilities and programs. This includes minor improvements such as storage, shelving, paving, etc.
  • Please refer to the “Eligible Projects/Products” section in the Application Guidelines and Instructions.
    HD38 Application Guidelines and Instructions
    HD39 Applications Guidelines and Instructions


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