Portland, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's Materials Management program has awarded more than $600,000 in grant funding to 19 local governments and non-profit organizations. The funding covers local government materials management planning efforts and projects that promote the prevention, recovery or reuse of solid wastes. Funding was made possible through fee increases approved by the state legislature in 2015. This amount includes $100,000 made available by Metro for projects that will substantially increase the rescue of edible food generated in the Portland metropolitan region to feed people who are food insecure.
For the first time, DEQ prioritized projects preventing the wasting of food and received many strong applications. Ten of this year's accepted projects either prevent wasted food or support food rescue efforts. In addition to food-related projects, the projects benefit Oregon's environment, create jobs and support low income families. Examples of projects awarded funding include:
• Projects preventing the wasting of food in Corvallis, Bend, Multnomah County and Oregon State University.
• Projects supporting food recovery and the redistribution of food to food insecure populations in Multnomah, Clackamas, Deschutes and Marion Counties.
• Food waste prevention, education and composting programs in Lincoln County schools.
• Planning to evaluate expanded recycling, reuse and repair services in Tillamook County.
• Projects supporting Habitat for Humanity building materials reuse and recycling programs in Sisters and Rogue Valley.
• Projects facilitating repair and reuse in Multnomah and Lane Counties.
• Project to purchase a trailer to faciliate recycling in Shaniko and recycling roll carts in Estacada.
• Start-up costs to convert unrecyclable mattresses into premium dog beds in Klamath Falls.
DEQ seeks to complete agreements with those offered grants by June 30, 2018. A summary description of the projects awarded funding can be found at: http://www.oregon.gov/deq/mm/Pages/Grants.aspx
Steve Siegel, Materials Management Program, DEQ, Portland, 503-229-5518, Siegel.firstname.lastname@example.org
Matthew Van Sickle, Public Information Officer, DEQ, Portland, 503-229-6044, email@example.com