BOSTON (AP) — Communities across Massachusetts are sharing $3.2 million in grant funding that will help them maximize their recycling, composting and waste reduction programs.

The grants were made through the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program, according to a statement from the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

The communities will receive payments ranging from $2,450 to $97,500 to reinvest in their recycling programs for things such as new recycling bins or carts, public education and outreach campaigns, collection of hard-to-recycle items and the establishment of recycling programs in schools, municipal buildings and other public spaces.

“Some of the most important environmental protection work happens every day in communities throughout Massachusetts through local recycling and solid waste programs,”Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement. “With this assistance, we are ensuring that local officials, residents and small business owners can continue protecting the Commonwealth’s neighborhoods and natural resources.”

Cambridge got the largest grant, $97,500. New Bedford got $91,000; Boston $80,000; Springfield and Worcester $71,500; Brockton, Lowell, Newton and Quincy between $60,000 and $70,000; and Brookline, Chicopee and Lynn between $50,000 and $60,000.

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