Materials Management

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Materials Management program offers grants that promote the prevention, recovery or reuse of solid wastes.  DEQ has selected grantees for the 2017 grant cycle. Information on the 2018 grant cycle will be posted here when available. 

2017 Grant Awards

List of 2017 grant awardees​

Food Too Good To Waste in Central Oregon
Grantee: Central Oregon Environmental Center
Amount: $37,253
Central Oregon Environmental Center will implement a “Food Too Good To Waste” project seeking a measurable reduction in wasted food at the household level.

Portland Repair Finder
Grantee: Charitable Partnership Fund
Amount: $12,400
Portland Repair Finder through the Charitable Partnership Fund will develop an online directory making repair resources easily discoverable and providing educational material supporting repairs as a resource preventing waste generation.

Recycle Roll Carts for Estacada
Grantee: City of Estacada
Amount: $21,099
The City of Estacada seeks to increase its recycling rate.  Estacada currently uses recycling bins alone and will enhance its recycling infrastructure with roll carts. 
Shaniko Recycling Project
Grantee: City of Shaniko
Amount: $5,249
City of Shaniko will purchase a trailer, fuel and labor for recycling aluminum cans and plastic bottles.
Project to Prevent Wasted Food
Grantee: Corvallis Sustainability Coalition
Amount: $45,000
Corvallis Sustainability Coalition will implement a Food Too Good To Waste campaign focusing on household food waste reduction.
Food Recovery in Clackamas County
Grantee: Gleaners of Clackamas County
Amount: $40,000
Gleaners of Clackamas County will purchase a refrigerated box truck supporting a program distributing 8 million pounds of food each year.  The truck will reduce costs picking up produce from smaller donors and contribute to an 8 percent increase in rescued food.
Rockwood Rising Food Waste Reduction
Grantee: Gresham Redevelopment Commission
Amount: $50,000
Gresham Redevelopment Commission through its Rockwood Rising urban renewal project will purchase a commercial food dehydrator and blast chiller-freezers to preserve 32,760 pounds of surplus foods as part of a food waste prevention campaign at its anticipated food hub. Training and reporting of business food waste reduction and cost savings is part of this project. 
Klamath Works Mattress Repurpose
Grantee: Klamath Works
Amount: $27,302
Klamath Works will repurpose mattresses not amenable for recycling into premium dog beds. DEQ funding will assist with startup costs of an anticipated self-sustaining business.  St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County previously operated this business and is providing training. 
Oregon Green School’s Project
Grantee: Lincoln County Solid Waste District
Amount: $10,359
Lincoln County Solid Waste District/Green Schools project will implement food waste composting, reestablish recycling, and seek Green School certification at Sam Case Elementary and Newport Middle Schools.
Reusable Meals on Wheels Tray Pilot
Grantee: Marion-Polk Food Share
Amount: $13,960
Marion-Polk Food Share will implement a six-month pilot project reducing its environmental impacts through the use of reusable trays and containers for home-delivered meals and to allow participants in on-site meal programs to take home leftovers.
Edible Food Recovery
Grantee: NeighborImpact
Amount: $50,000
NeighborImpact will use funding to support its edible food rescue program, diverting 50 tons of recovered, perishable food from landfills and feeding 22,000 people monthly.
Fresh Alliance Donation Program
Grantee: Oregon Food Bank
Amount: $100,000
Oregon Food Bank will implement Fresh Alliance, its retail store donation program, rescuing perishable food for redistribution.  Since 2015 the program has increased the amount of food rescued by 55 percent.  DEQ funding will maintain and further expand the program through an anticipated partnership with Costco.
Reducing Wasted Food at OSU
Grantee: Oregon State University
Amount: $27,372
Oregon State University seeks to reduce food waste by 10 percent at its Corvallis campus and demonstrate cost savings.
Waste Manager Position
Grantee: Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity
Amount: $45,000
Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity will fund a full-time waste manager that will develop a repair program, structure a recycling program at construction sites, and reduce waste sent to landfills.
Sisters Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Grantee: Sisters Habitat for Humanity
Amount: $42,871
Sisters Habitat for Humanity will purchase a box truck and equipment to increase collection of donations at its ReStore and Thrift Store, which last year diverted 960,000 pounds of material from landfills.
Solid Waste Management Plan for the Manzanita Transfer Station 
Grantee: Tillamook County
Amount: $28,180
Tillamook County will produce a master site operations plan for its waste, recycling and reuse facilities to accommodate growth in the next 20 years.
Tool Lending Library Capacity Building
Grantee: The Toolbox Project
Amount: $24,500
The Toolbox Project will expand its lending library of home and garden tools, purchase a delivery tricycle, and hire an operations manager with the goal of making the position self-sustaining. 
Food Overproduction Tracking and Reporting
Grantee: Urban Gleaners
Amount: $29,450
Urban Gleaners will work with donors producing 744,000 pounds annually of surplus food to reduce food waste by at least 74,400 pounds in one year.
Food Rescue Capacity Building
Grantee: Urban Gleaners
Amount: $37,735
Urban Gleaners will purchase a refrigerated cargo van and fund a driver supporting an edible food rescue program recovering 62,000 pounds of food each month.
Fresh Alliance Food Recovery
Grantee:  ACCESS
Amount:  $25,000
ACCESS will implement the Fresh Alliance Food Recovery program, rescuing perishable food and helping feed an average of over 10,000 people each month in Jackson County.

List of 2017 micro-grant awardees

​Technical Apparel Repair Scaling
Grantee: Renewal Workshop
Amount: $9,760
The Renewal Workshop in Cascade Locks will train two sewing technicians and purchase new equipment to expand their unique model of repairing small defects in returned clothing that would have otherwise been discarded. This process brings these items back into the economy for use.

Job Development in Electronics Refurbishing and Materials Reuse
Grantee: Garten Services
Amount: $10,000
Garten Services in Salem will recruit and train two new employees to sort electronics for reuse. This will range from harvesting, testing and packaging small parts for resale, to testing computers, printers and monitors, to assessing the cost/benefit ratio of refurbishment of unique items. These new employees will be adults with intellectual and/or cognitive disabilities.
Train a Cobbler
Grantee: JD’s Shoe Repair
Amount: $10,000
JD’s Shoe Repair in Portland will train one cobbler, for employment in the business or to start their own small business. This new worker will be trained in repair of shoes, bags, sports equipment, and other items. This company has steady demand and is looking to grow, and grant funding will assist to cover in-house training costs.
Tool Lending Library Operations Manager Position
Grantee: The Toolbox Project
Amount: $10,000
The Toolbox Project in Eugene will hire an operations manager and purchase equipment to facilitate member growth, further outreach, and increase the financial stability of the organization. This will allow more people to use this community library of tools, avoiding unnecessary new purchases. 
Reclaimed Wood Sales Assistant
Grantee: Salvage Works
Amount: $9,476
Salvage Works in North Portland will train a new full-time employee to assist customers with purchasing reclaimed wood. This wood is sourced from barns, warehouses, granaries, and deconstructed homes across the Pacific Northwest, and is given another useful life.

How do I learn more and apply?

Information on the 2018 grant cycle is not yet available.

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We encourage you to work with DEQ regional staff listed below if you have questions about our 2017 grant opportunities. 
Serving: Benton, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties
Serving: Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, and Lane counties
Matt Slafkosky
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Serving: Gilliam, Grant, Hood River, Morrow, Sherman, Wasco, Wheeler, Deschutes, Jefferson and Klamath counties
Eric Clanton
Serving: Baker, Malheur, Milton-Freewater, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Crook, Harney and Lake counties

Daniel Hough 
Serving: Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Multnomah, Tillamook and Washington counties