Wake County Solid Waste Management offers grants to aid organizations in diverting waste from the landfill. Schools, nonprofits and businesses have received awards to expand recycling collection, start composting and turn waste into beneficial goods. Grantees may receive up to $10,000 each for their innovative projects. 
The application deadline was November 8, 2019. Winners will be announced in January 2020. 
Contact us for more information about the Commercial Waste Reduction Grants.

Past Recipients

To get an idea about the kinds of projects we've funded in the past, check out our previous grant winners:


  • North Carolina State University Compost Training Facility to update composting and vermicomposting systems.

  • Cary Family YMCA implemented a comprehensive recycling program and incorporated environmental education into summer camps.

  • Wake Tech Community College expanded their recycling to three campuses and at outdoor locations and parking decks.

  • Community Workforce Solutions started a company wide recycling and waste reduction program.

  • Triangle Volleyball Club started a plastic bottle recycling program.

  • Town of Zebulon conducted a community recycling event to collect materials banned from the landfill.

  • Fellowship Heath Resources started a recycling and compost program.

  • NCSU Office of Waste Reduction started composting in campus cafeterias.

  • Ravenscroft School implemented a lunchroom composting program.

  • Tierra Ideas implemented a tire inner tube recycling program.

  • St. Timothy's School started a cafeteria composting program, eliminated water bottles and disposable utensils and plates as well as expanded their existing recycling program throughout the school.

  • Biogen Idec started composting all food waste from the cafeteria, eliminating Styrofoam and replacing it with biodegradable service ware (composted as well), and increasing the number of recycling receptacles throughout the facility.

  • Wake Technical Community College expanded an existing recycling program to include beverage container and paper recycling in academic buildings at all campus locations.

  • Capital Area Soccer League in Raleigh implemented a beverage container recycling program at the WRAL Soccer Center.

  • Environmental Control, Triangle, an office-cleaning provider in Raleigh, expanded its services to include recycling of office materials.

  • Kraft Family YMCA in Holly Springs started a recycling program for beverage containers and paper.

  • Waste Management Recycle America enhanced the environmental education center at its material recovery facility in Raleigh with informational panels illustrating recycling processes and the benefits of recycling.

  • RBC Center purchased recycling bins and signage to implement an arena-wide container recycling program.

  • Inter-Faith Food Shuttle used funds to support purchase of equipment used to move reusable food products from tractor-trailers, allowing the organization to move an additional 40,000 lbs. of food per week.

  • Pro Forma Triangle Print Services promoted and encouraged customers to use recycled-content products.

  • Whole Foods used funds to offset the costs associated with starting a food waste collection program.

  • American Recyclers purchased a generator for the mobile paper shredding and recycling company.

  • Clean Green started an oil filter collection and recycling program, including purchase of a box truck and marketing materials.

  • Habitat Reuse Center purchased materials made from recycled-content products for the construction of a new facility.

  • Rowland Landfill purchased equipment for a new concrete crushing plant.

  • Carolina Mudcats implemented a stadium-wide recycling program for aluminum cans, glass, cardboard and paper products.

  • Glenaire Retirement Community expanded their recycling efforts beyond aluminum, glass, plastic and paper to start a food waste composting program.

  • Tyco Electronics – purchased compartmentalized recycling containers to expand their recycling program to include plastic and glass and implemented an educational campaign for employees.

  • N.C. State University started a recycling program at Carter-Finley Stadium.

  • Urban Ministries started composting inedible food waste from their food pantry.

Have questions or need more information? Contact Bianca Howard or call 919-856-7400.