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Grant Applications

Since 1996, the Solid Waste Management Program has provided grants to help fund innovative and sustainable programs to improve waste diversion in St. Louis County. The grant program is open to any municipality, public institution, not-for-profit organization, or business. The grant project must occur in St. Louis County. Funding for the grant program comes from St. Louis County voter-approved landfill surcharge fees.

2017 Waste Diversion Grant Recipients

The City of Chesterfield will purchase new recycle bins for their Amphitheater to increase recycling at their events.

The City of Hazelwood will purchase mobile recycle bins to be used at their events throughout the year to increase recycling.

The City of University City will purchase dumpsters and interior recycle bins for their Olive Blvd. Business District to increase commercial recycling.

The City of Webster Groves will buy Earth Machines for interested residents that want to start composting at home.

Dressel Elementary in Lindbergh will purchase rolling cabinets and shoe crates to collect clothes from students they can then donate to kids in need. As a new school opening this year, they will also be buying new recycle bins for their school to increase recycling.

Open Space Council will purchase water bottles to be used at their yearly stream clean up event. By not buying single use plastic water bottles, they are reducing the amount of waste they generate at their event.

Operation Food Search will purchase software updates for their computer systems to create long term sustainability for their food collection program.

Refab will create new marketing strategies to increase awareness of what items can be donated to them and what can be sold at their store to reduce the amount of waste we send to the landfill from construction and demolition.

St. Louis HELP - will purchase advertising for their annual events that collect used home medical equipment such as wheel chairs, walkers and crutches. This equipment is distributed at no cost to the uninsured and under-insured.

Total Organics will purchase bins for a curbside food waste collection pilot in Maryland Heights.

2016 Waste Diversion Grant Recipients

Brentwood Middle School - will start a composting program to reduce waste sent to the landfill by 20%.

The City of Florissant - will implement an outreach campaign to improve residential recycling.

The Green Business Challenge - will use grant funding to cover certification fees for St. Louis County businesses who participate in the challenge.

Operation Food Search - will purchase tablets for food pantries to streamline and replace paper receipt and reporting processes for food donations.

St. Louis Recycling and Waste - will purchase recycling carts to increase multi-family and commercial recycling in the Fenton area.

St. Louis HELP - will purchase advertising for their annual events that collect used home medical equipment such as wheel chairs, walkers and crutches. This equipment is distributed at no cost to the uninsured and underinsured.

The St. Louis Teacher Recycling Center - will open a new “POD” in University City and hold teacher workshops. A POD is a location where teachers can pick up industrial scrap materials that would have been landfilled but are repurposed for use in art, math, and play.

Total Organics - will do promote the composting of food waste and sponsor a community food waste collection service at the Ferguson Farmer’s Market.

W. W. Keysor Elementary School in Kirkwood - will expand their school composting program.


Please direct questions about the grant program to Mike Viles at 314-615-4032 or mviles@stlouisco.com.

Past Grant Recipients