SEATTLE (Waste Advantage): King County is awarding a combined $2.3 million to 14 projects that reduce waste and keep valuable resources in the economy and out of the landfill. Each project will contribute to Re+, King County’s new initiative to reinvent the region’s waste system to significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions by transitioning to a sustainable circular economy.
Examples include connecting BIPOC chefs and volunteers who are cooking meals for communities in need with surplus food to support their work, expanding furniture fix-it events, repurposing post-consumer coffee bags into reusable products, and increasing the capacity to remove and sell salvaged lumber from construction sites.
“We’re investing in innovative strategies, led by community organizations and local businesses, to create a more sustainable, equitable economy for our region,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “These grants will fund projects that help reduce waste and cut greenhouse gas emissions.”
“Investing in local businesses and organizations with promising waste prevention and recycling projects is a key part of meeting our Re+ goals,” said Andy Smith, King County Solid Waste Division Recycling and Environmental Services Manager. “The Circular Economy Grants will help get projects off the ground or help them expand further, keeping valuable materials out of the landfill and supporting local jobs in the process.”
The selected Re+ Circular Economy Grant recipients are:
Grant funds can go toward planning and development, implementation, or expanding an existing waste prevention, reuse, or recycling project. Selected projects also demonstrated a focus on benefits for frontline communities that have often experienced the most direct impacts of climate change and other environmental challenges. “Re+ is not only about creating a waste system that is more environmentally sustainable, but also about creating a more equitable system that works for everyone in King County,” said Smith.
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