You’ve certainly seen their trucks moving about our neighborhood (and if not, I’ve provided a photo). Waste Management is the city contractor responsible for collecting recycling, trash and compost/yard waste here in Wallingford and about half of the remaining areas of Seattle. (The half of the populace not served by Waste Management gets their garbage collected by CleanScapes.)
Waste Management, in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities, has just announced that grants are available for projects conducted within the communities that they serve. (So, Wallingford qualifies.) Since Waste Management is, obviously, a waste management company, proposed projects must support waste reduction, sustainable materials management, and/or cleaner neighborhoods, and proposers must represent community groups, schools, businesses or other organizations. This is the first time that WM has awarded such grants.
Proposals will be judged on the following criteria:
- Environmental impact
- Waste reduction impact
- Neighborhood impact
- Community member involvement
- Project plan
Writes Gary Chittim from WM:
Up to five grants will be awarded to projects ranging from $500 to $10,000 per project. We have $10,000 total grant funding available. Selected grant recipients will be required to submit a final report upon project completion.
If you win, I’m sure you’ll want to sing along with Oscar!