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October 21
​Wake County Offers Grants Up To $10,000 for Organizations to Keep Waste Out of Landfill

Applications due by Oct. 31

Do you have an inventive idea to curtail the quantity of waste your school, nonprofit or business sends to the landfill? Wake County can help you get that project off the ground with the Commercial Waste Reduction Grant Program.

Wake County Solid Waste Management is offering grants up to $10,000 to help organizations reduce, reuse or recycle waste that otherwise would have ended up in the South Wake Landfill. Funds are also available for educational programs on waste reduction.

“I’m always blown away by the creative ways our community comes up with to keep waste out of our landfill,” said Bianca Howard, solid waste outreach manager. “There’s never a shortage of innovative and impactful ideas for the county to support, and I look forward to seeing this year’s applications.”

For instance, in the last round of grants, Wake County awarded $10,000 to Locals Seafood to repurpose its fish waste into treats for pets. The grant funds purchased grinding, cooking and packaging equipment to process the fish, and the company added its own money to develop, register and market the product.

“With Wake County’s support, Locals Seafood plans to divert two tons of leftover fish parts from the landfill each week,” Howard said. “That’s a huge reduction in organic waste, and we hear the dogs and cats are loving the new treats.”

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That’s just one of the innovative ways our local partners used funds from the Commercial Waste Reduction Grant Program last year. Here are the other organizations and projects that won funding:

  • Live Nation received $5,000 to implement a recycling program in the parking lots of the Coastal Credit Union Music Park in Raleigh. Grant funds were used to purchase signage and bag dispensers to facilitate the collection of recyclable materials from concert goers.
     
  • First United Methodist Church Cary received $1,200 to establish a Creation Care Lending Library. Ministry Team members will lend reusable cutlery, plates and linens to church members and Cary residents to reduce consumption of single-use plastics. Grant funds will also purchase signage to educate the congregation about proper recycling collection.
     
  • The Friends of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences received $6,000 to support the Compost and Recycling Education Series, which will divert waste generated at two museum cafes. The project team also educated museum staff and visitors about recycling and composting.
     
  • The N.C. State University Waste Reduction & Recycling Office was awarded $7,800 to implement the Zero Waste Workplace Initiative at Schaub Food Science Building. Grant funds purchased new recycling bins and containers to collect compostable waste from breakrooms and restrooms.
     
  • Sonoco Recycling received $10,000 toward the replacement of the closed-circuit television system at its material recovery facility in Raleigh. The new cameras enhance the experience for visitors in the facility’s environmental education room, which aids the company’s efforts to teach residents how to recycle properly.

Applications are judged based on the feasibility of their plans and the scope of their impact to reduce waste sent to the landfill, among other criteria. Bonus points are awarded for innovative ideas, educational outreach and organizations prepared to spend matching funds.

Applications are available online and due Oct. 31.

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