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The Solid Waste Division (SWD) strives to enhance the efficacy of Construction & Demolition (C&D) recycling. SWD is offering a new $700,000 C&D Grant Program for innovative projects that support King County's Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan (Comp Plan) Download PDF 12 MB. As established in the King County Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP) Download PDF 26 MB, King County aims to divert C&D materials from landfills at a rate of 85 percent by 2025, and also has a countywide goal of zero waste of resources by 2030. Additionally, SWD is committed to implementing the C&D Grant Program with an emphasis on Equity and Social Justice by increasing inclusion in contracting, utilization of small businesses, job creation, and economic development.

Purpose & background

The primary purpose of this grant is to support the development of new or higher value markets for materials generated by construction and demolition activities in King County. The primary C&D materials of this initiative are: clean wood, gypsum, metal, brick, asphalt shingles, and processing fines. Funding for the grant program was authorized in the 2019-2020 Solid Waste Operating Budget and is funded by C&D disposal fees per the King County Construction and Demolition Ordinance No. 18166 passed in 2015. The C&D Recycling Grant Program will also support King County's Comp Plan and SCAP.

The C&D Grant Program will fund projects that address the following:

  • Innovation in approach to increasing waste prevention and/or reuse
  • Identification of new recycling streams for specified materials to prevent combustion-based uses
  • Increase collection of specified materials through improved infrastructure, equipment, and processes
  • Applied research of emerging recycling technologies and/or recycling techniques
  • Market development and/or development of new products made from C&D materials
  • Improvement of existing recycling infrastructures or processes for construction and demolition recycling
  • Piloting new processing technologies for specified materials
  • Promote manufacturing of new materials from C&D materials
  • Other innovative technologies or approaches that may significantly increase quantities of C&D materials that are recycled

Grant funding

Grant awardees are required to provide 25% matching funds. Matching funds may be met by cash or contributed services. The SWD is anticipating proposals to be between $20,000 and $200,000. Grant awardees will receive quarterly funding for approved projects. The first installment is disbursed during the first month of project start. The final payment is disbursed within one month following approval of the final report or project delivery. The payment schedule may be adjusted as approved by King County. Awarded amounts are at the discretion of the King County Solid Waste Division.

Grant information and eligibility

Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to:

  • Materials management and resource conservation businesses; non-profit organizations; and recycled material manufacturers, processors, and trade groups
  • Community colleges, universities, and other educational institutions
  • Cities within the King County service area

Examples of preferred proposal types


  • Full-scale startup of innovative processing technologies
  • Development of new or existing technology
  • Creating a C&D Lumber Warehouse for recycled/reclaimed wood
  • Pilot projects for the implementation of new material recovery facility equipment and processes
  • Material supply and processing for end product manufacturing
  • Develop markets and applications for products from innovative recycling technologies

Additional concepts

  • Develop a facility that bridges the gap between salvaged wood and end markets
  • Market testing of products
  • Structural/Lab testing & specification writing for specific products
  • Establish recycling processing methodology
  • Development of Environmental Product Declarations (EPD)
  • Lead paint removal from siding boards
  • Development of a salvage wood verifier certification system

Preliminary grant timeline (dates subject to change)

Preliminary grant timeline (dates subject to change)
Preliminary grant timeline
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King County Solid Waste Division mission: Waste Prevention, Resource Recovery, Waste Disposal