Ways to Use Recycling Grants

Ways to Use Recycling Grants

The following solutions are fundable. For items not on this list, consult with your Recycling Expert. We will consider funding any item that will have a measurable impact on waste reduction and recycling.

  • Trash, recycling and organics containers and sorting stations for common areas 
  • Totes, carts, cart tippers, and other waste containers for transportation to containers serviced by hauler
  • Organics management systems for storage, managing odor and space concerns
  • Compactors and balers to manage trash or recyclable materials
  • Construction upgrades of loading docks, trash chutes and waste enclosures to accommodate new or expanding recycling or organics collection systems 
  • Construction of waste enclosures will be funded as follows: 50% of awarded grant funds will be distributed at the beginning of the grant period. The remaining funding will be reimbursed once construction of the enclosure is complete
  • Up to 6-months or $5,000 (whichever is less) supply of compostable food service ware and bin liners for organics collection containers  
  • Reusable food service ware if converting from disposables 
  • Reusable containers and equipment to transport donated food. Must specify food donation recipient in grant application
  • Dishwashers and installation costs if converting from disposable dishware to reusable
  • One bottle refilling station and installation costs per grant application
  • For businesses that handle food as a main business operation, refrigeration and installation costs to extend the life of useful food for food donation purposes
  • Production and printing of custom signage, labels and education materials. All custom material must be approved by R&E for adherence to best practice standards prior to production 
  • Funding staff, custodian, or building occupant training (hourly wage for each employee for one hour of training) 
  • One security camera per indoor or outdoor waste collection area. Total funding for cameras will not exceed $5,000 for properties with 20 units or less, or $10,000 for properties with more than 20 units. Applicants must specify in their application how they will use the cameras to increase resident accountability (for example language added to leases, fines, follow-up notices, etc)
  • Replacement of old or broken equipment including dishwashers 
  • Labor costs incurred to collect and manage waste and recycling, including consultant and project management costs