Recycling Expansion and Modernization (REM) Program

  • Mike Motor, Program Manager
  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
  • 500 E. Monroe Street,
  • Springfield, IL 62701
  • Phone: (217) 524-5859
  • Fax: (217) 785-2618
  • TDD: (217) 785-6055
  • Email:
  • Website:

Purpose of the Program

The REM Program awards matching grants to Illinois organizations and businesses to accomplish recycling market expansion and waste reduction goals, while demonstrating public economic benefits. The REM Program diverts materials from the solid waste stream, thereby conserving our natural resources, while boosting the performance of Illinois businesses and organizations, to sustain and expand the Illinois economy. The REM Program is an opportunity that is good for business and good for the environment!

Who is Eligible

Any governmental organization, college or university, for-profit or not-for-profit business or organization in Illinois is eligible for funding.

Application Process

Applications are accepted on a year-round basis, in accordance with the state fiscal year

Availability of Funds

Demonstration Service $150,000 (maximum funding); and Implementation Service $250,000 (maximum funding.  DCEO reserves the right to determine the actual grant amount based upon the level of funding available.

How Funds are to be used

Purchase and installation of equipment and/or services necessary to perform the project.  Costs incurred in purchasing and demonstrating recycled content products

Types of Assistance


Year Program was established