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Re+ (zero waste) grants

King County offers funding opportunities for non-profits, businesses, entrepreneurs, educational institutions, and local governments to support innovative projects that further King County’s commitment to zero waste of resources by 2030.

Current funding opportunities

There are no open funding opportunities currently available. Check this webpage for updates or email circulargrants@kingcounty.gov to be notified about upcoming funding opportunities.

Past awards

Since 2022, the King County Solid Waste Division has invested nearly $3 million in projects that reduce waste and keep valuable resources in the economy and out of the landfill. This is part of King County’s Re+ initiative to reinvent the region’s waste management system, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and create a more equitable, sustainable local economy.

Re+ Circular Economy Grant award recipients (2022-23)

The Re+ Circular Economy Grants are an important part of King County’s commitment to increase the prevention, reuse, and recycling of material so that we meet our zero waste of resources goal and reduce the impact of our consumption on the environment. In the first round of funding, 14 projects were awarded a total of $2.3 million. The request for applications for a second round of funding is anticipated to launch in 2024.

Organization Project description Material Project Type Funding amount
Chomp Increase production at Chomp’s Vashon Island food waste processing plant and partner with local farmers to distribute the biofertilizer byproduct material icon: food Recycling & Composting $252,750
Wasat Partner with BIPOC caterers and chefs to transform surplus food into culturally-appropriate meals for neighbors in need material icon: food Prevention & Reuse $264,000
Food Cycle Science Corporation Provide King County residents with in-home technology that processes food waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendment material icon: food Recycling & Composting $94,380
Zero Waste Washington Provide mini-grants to support food businesses in using durables, instead of single-use items, for onsite dining material icon: plastics Prevention & Reuse $74,558
Out Of The Box Eco-store LLC Reduce single-use packaging waste by providing a refill system for household and personal care products material icon: plastics Prevention & Reuse $90,800
Washington State University Pilot the use of plastics in hot mix asphalt for highway construction, giving a second use to otherwise hard-to-recycle plastics material icon: plastics Recycling & Composting $123,309
Refugee Artisan Initiative In partnership with Starbucks, repurpose coffee bags into reusable products, such as sleeping bag coats for people experiencing homelessness material icon: plastics Prevention & Reuse $251,945
Zero Waste Washington Expand efforts to repair and refurbish landfill-bound furniture and provide it to refugee and low-income families material icon: plasticsmaterial icon: construction & demolitionmaterial icon: other materials Prevention & Reuse $98,730
South King Tool Library Expand access to free tools and training resources by opening a second tool library location material icon: plasticsmaterial icon: construction & demolitionmaterial icon: other materials Prevention & Reuse $197,500
Re-Use Consulting Work with homeowners and small contractors to raise awareness of and demonstrate sustainable alternatives to landfilling demolition waste material icon: construction & demolition Prevention & Reuse $99,000
Earthwise Architectural Salvage Expand the market for salvaged materials by opening a new location in Kenmore material icon: construction & demolition Prevention & Reuse $135,000
Earthwise Architectural Salvage Increase capacity to remove and sell salvaged lumber from demolition and construction sites material icon: construction & demolition Prevention & Reuse $192,418
Diaper Stork Pilot a program to compost diapers and support planning for a large-scale permitted commercial composting facility  material icon: other materials Recycling & Composting $192,418
Ravel Pilot new technology to turn ripped, torn, or damaged clothing into like-new textiles material icon: textiles Recycling & Composting $232,900

Re+ City Grant award recipients (2023-24)

The Re+ City Grants Program supports cities delivering waste prevention, reuse, or recycling projects that help create a more circular economy. Cities in the King County service area that signed the Re+ Pledge were eligible to apply. Twelve cities, working on five projects, were awarded approximately $390,000 in the first grant cycle.

City Project description Material Project type Funding amount
City of Algona Bolster recycling education and provide recycling vouchers to encourage residents to recycle materials. material icon: organics Recycling & Composting $25,000
Cities of Bothell, Kirkland, Bellevue, and Redmond Expand the Eastside Bring Your Own Cup (BYOC) Campaign to increase the use of reusable cups at coffee shops. material icon: plastics material icon: other materials Prevention & Reuse $84,000
Cities of Renton and Kent Provide technical assistance to increase recycling and organics service levels at businesses. material icon: food Recycling & Composting $100,000
Cities of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park Partner with Seattle REconomy to pilot the Shoreline Tool Library, a single location that houses a tool library, reclaimed materials store, and educational space. material icon: plastics material icon: construction & demolition material icon: other materials Prevention & Reuse $99,970
Cities of Tukwila, Burien, Maple Valley Support food service businesses in setting up organics collection services to comply with the new statewide Organics Management Law. material icon: food Recycling & Composting $83,000

NextCycle Washington Renew Seed Grant award recipients (2022-23)

NextCycle Washington is a statewide circular accelerator program for businesses and communities. Two types of support have been provided for projects that expand waste prevention, repair, reuse, recycling, and composting:

  • Circular Accelerator – a six-month program designed to support and advance promising circular businesses and projects with workshops, business and technical assistance, pitch development, and matchmaking.
  • Renew Seed Grants - mini-grants up to $10,000 for early-stage projects for businesses (start-ups, small and large), community-based organizations, tribal governments and research institutions as well as access to mentors, consultants, and networking to support project execution and growth planning.

Only projects in King County are listed below. For a full list of projects, please see the NextCycle Washington website.

Organization Project description Material Project Type Funding amount
Duwamish Valley Sustainability Association Implement the installation of a biodigester through a circular economy focus that uses part of the food waste generated by the South Park community to produce energy and liquid fertilizer for the benefit of such community (residents, businesses, local farms, etc.). material icon: food Recycling & Composting No direct funding - only technical assistance
Restaurant 2 Garden Transform local restaurant food waste in the Chinatown International District into nutritious fertilizer to grow culturally appropriate food by establishing a decentralized and hyper-local community composting facility. material icon: food Recycling & Composting No direct funding - only technical assistance
Refugee Artisan Initiative Repurpose retired wildfire fire hoses into marketable products by partnering with refugee and immigrant women to foster an inclusive, prosperous transition to the US through artisan skills training and micro business development. material icon: textiles Waste prevention (upcycling) No direct funding - only technical assistance
South King Tool Library Develop a Tool Library Incubator Program (TooLIP) that is a replicable model that would allow them to share and expand their best practices in communities throughout the region. material icon: other materials Waste prevention (repair, reuse & sharing) No direct funding – only technical assistance
Community Gearbox Develop a social, inventory management app that lets users and organizations share, co-own, and mobilize resources amongst people they know and trust. material icon: other materials Waste prevention (sharing) No direct funding – only technical assistance
GeerGarage Develop a peer-to-peer outdoor gear rental platform that quickly matches renters with lenders who have the right gear, available in the right place, at the right time. material icon: other materials Waste prevention (rental) No direct funding – only technical assistance
Just Right Bite Develop a healthy and sustainable alternative to mainstream pet food, using insects and regenerative agricultural ingredients. material icon: food Waste prevention (upcycling) No direct funding - only technical assistance
Ravel Create the technology and infrastructure for circular textiles that enables the recovery and reuse of blended end of life textiles to create sustainable and just local materials economies for the apparel industry. material icon: textiles Recycling & Composting No direct funding - only technical assistance
Birch Biosciences Engineer a bio-enzymatic process to break down and recycle PET plastic to produce clean, virgin-quality recycled. material icon: plastics Recycling & Composting No direct funding - only technical assistance
Glacier Build AI-enabled robots that automate sorting, making recycling lower costs and more effective for recycling facilities. material icon: plastics Recycling & Composting No direct funding - only technical assistance
Redesign Collective Divert luxury textiles from landfill and upcycle them into valuable products. material icon: textiles Waste prevention (upcycling) No direct funding - only technical assistance
Book Hill Group Develop consumer durables made with recycled content for organizing and protecting laundry, textiles, and wardrobes. material icon: plastics Waste prevention (reuse) No direct funding - only technical assistance
Sustainable NE Seattle Research and plan for a Reuse Commons in North King County that houses a suite of reuse- and repair-focused services. material icon: other materials Waste prevention (repair, reuse & sharing) $10,000
Bennion Construction Deconstruct, salvage, and recycle materials (including fixtures and framed structure) from old homes in Seattle and King County. material icon: construction & demolition Waste prevention (reuse) $10,000
Minty Made LLC Expand Green Marketing Academy to train and educate businesses, organizations, and agencies on utilizing sustainable, ethical, inclusive and accessible marketing practices. material icon: other materials Waste prevention & Recycling $10,000
N8madic, Inc. Build a prototype of portable smart storage-furniture product made of recycled plastics. material icon: plastics Recycling & Composting $10,000
Refugee Artisan Initiative Support the transport, cleaning, storage, and delivery of retired fire houses to skilled refugee and immigrant women artisans for upcycling. material icon: textiles Waste prevention (upcycling) $10,000
Sage Conservation Expand service to low-income multi-family housing to maintain, repair and upgrade plumbing (versus replacement) conserving water and diverting materials from landfill. material icon: other materials Waste prevention (repair) $10,000
Sledge Seattle LLC Research, prototype, and showcase re-milling of reclaimed old growth lumber salvaged from houses in Seattle and King County. material icon: construction & demolition Waste prevention (reuse) $10,000
South King Tool Library Develop course modules, surveys, assessments, and processes to build a Tool Library Incubator Program for community-based organizations to use as a guide in developing their own lending programs. material icon: other materials Waste prevention (repair, reuse & sharing) $10,000
The Chayah Movement Create a pilot internship program focused on improving environmental and ethical impacts of the fashion industry. material icon: textiles Waste prevention (reuse) $10,000
Vashon Care Network Enhance the Vashon Care Closet that loans durable medical equipment to Vashon-Maury Island residents, by developing an online ordering system, recruiting a native Spanish speaker liaison, and improving other support activities. material icon: other materials Waste prevention (reuse & sharing) $9,467
Zero Waste Washington Conduct market and feasibility analysis for furniture repair project utilizing rescued, damaged furniture items from the public and partner organizations. material icon: other materials Waste prevention (repair & reuse) $10,000
WasteXperts

Produce components that will be part of a new mobile unit (WX MRFi) that enables efficient onsite sorting of

recyclable / compostable material.
material icon: other materials Recycling & Composting $10,000
Rebundance Develop the business of upcycling used bedding and textiles into durable home goods and craft supplies. material icon: textiles Waste prevention (upcycling) $10,000
Seattle T4T Clothing Swap Host clothing swap events to provide trans, nonbinary, and gender diverse people in the Greater Seattle area with access to free, gender-affirming clothes while reducing textile waste in the community. material icon: textiles Waste prevention (reuse) $9,660
Diaper Stork LLC Test cloth diaper service to include use of sphagnum moss in compostable diaper inserts. material icon: other materials Recycling & Composting $10,000
Duwamish Valley Sustainability Association Develop engineering schematics for installation and operation of a biodigester in partnership with a local food rescue warehouse. material icon: food Recycling & Composting Funded by Dept. of Commerce
Encora, LLC Establish reusable foodservice takeout container pilot at a university campus. material icon: plastics Waste prevention (reuse) Funded by Dept. of Commerce
GeerGarage Develop new website and software functionality to scale peer-to-peer outdoor gear rental service. material icon: other materials Waste prevention (rental) Funded by Dept. of Commerce
Restaurant 2 Garden Expand program that composts local restaurant food waste into fertilizer and redistributes to the community. material icon: food Recycling & Composting Funded by Dept. of Commerce
RPM eco Collect empty plastic lubricant containers (primarily vehicle products) in the Seattle area and recycle them into high-quality resins using closed loop wastewater system. material icon: plastics Recycling & Composting Funded by Dept. of Commerce
Simonpietri Enterprises LLC Conduct scoping study on developing production plant in the Seattle-Tacoma area for converting construction and demolition debris into sustainable aviation fuel. material icon: construction & demolition Waste-to-fuel Funded by Dept. of Commerce
Just Right Bite Develop the business of sustainable pet food made from insects – the insects are fed food waste. material icon: food Waste prevention (upcycling) Funded by Dept. of Commerce
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