Waste Reduction Grants

Display of waste items labeled landfill, compost, recycle.
This waste station was created with grant support.

Wake County Solid Waste Management has offered waste reduction grants since 1995. Schools, nonprofit organizations, and businesses have received awards to expand recycling collection, start composting and turn waste into beneficial goods. Grant awards ranged from a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $10,000 to support innovative projects with a measurable impact on diverting waste from landfill.

Applications are currently not being accepted while the Solid Waste Management Division considers changes to improve the grant program. 

Download the PDF application to read about the program's past goals and expectations of recipients. If you have questions, contact the grant program manager at 919-856-6432 or bianca.howard@wake.gov. 

Grant Winners


Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines Council received $600 to support a Gold Award project that will create a mobile kiosk to educate Falls Lake State Recreation Area visitors about litter.

Millbrook Magnet High School received $3,400 to divert food waste through on- and off-site composting. 

The NC Rural Center received $3,900 to increase recycling and organic waste collection access for conference center users. 

Orange Recycling Services received $10,000 to purchase a densifier to create polystyrene recycling opportunities for business customers. 

Raleigh Community Kickstand received $7,075 to refurbish used bicycles and distribute them to Wake County residents experiencing homelessness.


Inter-Faith Food Shuttle received $6,600 to start on-farm composting of blemished produce.

Lincoln Heights Environmental Connections Magnet Elementary received $3,862 for a mobile kitchen to teach students how to prevent food waste while cooking.

Pullen Memorial Baptist Church received $6,000 to purchase bins, signage and educational materials to improve waste diversion efforts.

The Town of Wendell received $10,000 to purchase recycling receptacles and concrete pads to expand recycling for visitors and businesses in downtown.


North Carolina State University received $9,984 to pilot food waste collection in apartment-style residence halls.

North Ridge Elementary School received $4,600 to reduce cafeteria waste.

Poe Center for Health Education received $7,540 to expand composting and educate visitors and staff about preventing wasted food.

Triangle Repair Network received $2,970 to purchase tools and promote repair events.


First United Methodist Church-Cary received $1,200 to create a lending library for cutlery and update recycling signage.

Friends of NC Museum of Natural Sciences received $6,000 to compost organic waste in cafes and educate museum staff.

Live Nation received $5,000 to implement a recycling program in parking lots at its Raleigh amphitheater.

Locals Seafood received $10,000 to transform fish waste into a boutique pet treat.

North Carolina State University received $7,800 to improve recycling and composting collection at the Schaub Food Science building.

Sonoco Recycling received $10,000 to improve educational tours by replacing cameras in its Raleigh material recovery facility.