Waste Management

Waste Management (WM) Charitable Giving

Focused on making a difference, we strive to be good corporate citizens by making communities safer, stronger and more sustainable.

Eligible Recipients:

We work with involved citizens, organizations and corporate partners on local initiatives to promote civic pride, economic development and revitalization.

Eligible Projects:

Causes we support:

  • Environmental Stewardship – With a commitment to sustainability, we give priority consideration to organizations whose programs preserve and/or enhance renewable resources and empower environmental stewards.
  • Sustainability Education – We’re committed to equipping individuals with knowledge needed to enhance their communities through programs that support clean, resilient and sustainable place to live.
  • Community Vitality – When we ensure that our neighborhoods and communities are safe and sustainable, we provide the best living environment for customers, employees and stakeholders.
  • Environmental Justice – By engaging with people in the communities where we operate, we can understand their needs while addressing our operational impacts to help those communities thrive.
  • Workforce + Skills Development – We strive to give individuals and teams the tools and training they need to excel while empowering employees to take care of our customers, neighbors and their environment via programs that prioritize economic development in communities.
  • Supplier Diversity – We address inequity and economic development for underserved groups by working towards targets that prioritize collective impact, collaboration, education, and achieving ambitious sustainability initiatives.

Funding Source:
Waste Management (WM)

Funding Amount:

Applications are accepted year round and are reviewed on a continuous basis. Given the large amount of requests received, please anticipate an estimated two-month review period for each request.

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A&WMA Richard I. Stessel Waste Management Award

The Richard I. Stessel Waste Management Award, established by the Board of Directors on June 29, 1989 and named for Stessel in 2012, is for an individual or organization related to the field of waste management,

Eligible Recipients:

  • Individuals
  • Organizations

Only A&WMA members can be nominated for the Gruber, Scherr, and Honorary Member (as well as Fellows and Outstanding Young Professionals) awards, but anyone can be nominated for the Chambers, Griswold, Mellon, Ripperton, and Stessel awards. Nominations for these awards may be made by anyone, including sitting A&WMA Board members. However, sitting A&WMA Board members and award committee members cannot submit letters of support or be nominated for these awards.

Eligible Projects:

  1. Outstanding achievements in the science and art of waste management (the accomplishment on the part of the recipient is technological in nature and widely recognized by persons in the field)
  2. Outstanding achievement in the management, prevention and regulation of wastes (the recipient may be an employee in government, industry, education or research, whose accomplishments have led to minimizing the impact of waste in the environment)
  3. Distinguished achievement as an educator in the field of waste management.

Funding Source:
Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA)

Funding Amount:

December 1, 2022

Lisa Moses, Air & Waste Management Association
Phone: +1-412-232-3444
Fax: +1-412-232-3450 (if faxing, please notify of this by email due to staff working remotely)
E-mail: Lmoses@awma.org

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EPA Political Subdivisions Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling Grants

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides $275,000,000 total from Fiscal Year 2022 to Fiscal Year 2026 for grants authorized under the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act. Projects funded through the funding opportunity will:

Implement the building a circular economy for all strategy series.
Improve local post-consumer materials management programs, including municipal recycling.
Make improvements to local waste management systems.

Eligible Recipients:

The entities eligible to apply for this grant were political subdivisions of states and territories. EPA considers counties, cities, towns, parishes, and similar units of governments that have executive and legislative functions to be political subdivisions of states and territories. Read the Eligible Applicants section of the Request for Applications for the full details (pdf).

Eligible Projects:

Materials and waste streams within scope of this funding opportunity include municipal solid waste, including plastics, organics, paper, metal, glass, and construction and demolition debris. This also includes the management pathways of source reduction, reuse, sending materials to material recovery facilities, composting, and industrial uses (e.g., rendering, anaerobic digestion), and feeding animals.

All applications must achieve one or more of the following objectives:

  • Establish, increase, expand, or optimize collection and improve materials management infrastructure.
  • Fund the creation and construction of tangible infrastructure, technology, or other improvements to reduce contamination in the recycled materials stream.
  • Establish, increase, expand, or optimize capacity for materials management.
  • Establish, improve, expand, or optimize end-markets for the use of recycled commodities.
  • Demonstrate a significant and measurable increase in the diversion, recycling rate, and quality of materials collected for municipal solid waste.

Applications may include (but are not limited to) projects that fund:

  • Innovative solutions and/or programs that provide or increase access to prevention, reuse, and recycling in areas that currently do not have access; including development of and/or upgrades to drop-off and transfer stations (including but not limited to a hub-and-spoke model in rural communities), etc.
  • The purchase of recycling equipment, including but not limited to sorting equipment, waste metering, trucks, processing facilities, etc.
  • Upgrades to material recovery facilities (MRFs) such as optical sorters, artificial intelligence, etc.
  • Development of and/or upgrades to composting facilities or anaerobic digesters to increase capacity for organics recycling.
  • Development of and/or upgrades to curbside collection programs or drop-off stations for organics.
  • Development of and/or upgrades to reuse infrastructure such as online reuse platforms, community repair spaces, technology and equipment to improve materials management reuse options, food donation, and upcycling, staging areas for material reuse/donation, reuse warehouses, and reuse centers, and electronic waste and computer recycling and refurbishing.

Funding Source:

Funding Amount:
The total estimated funding for the competitive opportunity was approximately $40,000,000. EPA anticipates awarding approximately 25 assistance agreements under this funding opportunity, with at least one award per each EPA Region. The minimum individual award floor is $500,000, and the maximum individual award ceiling is $4,000,000 for the grant period. This funding opportunity is in alignment with the Biden Administration’s Justice40 Initiative.

Funding Deadline:

EPA is accepting applications until February 15, 2023.

Contact: If you have questions about the grants, email SWIFR@epa.gov.

More Information: https://www.epa.gov/rcra/grants-political-subdivisions

EPA Solid Waste Infrastructure and Recycling Grants

The Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling program provides grants to implement a strategy to improve post-consumer materials management and infrastructure; support improvements to local post-consumer materials management and recycling programs; and assist local waste management authorities in making improvements to local waste management systems.

Eligible Recipients:

  • U.S. States and political subdivisions of states.
  • Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.
  • District of Columbia.
  • Federally recognized tribal governments.
  • Former tribal reservations in Oklahoma (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).
  • Alaskan Native Villages as defined in Public Law 92-203.
  • Intertribal Consortia consistent with the requirements in Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Section 35.504(a).

Eligible Projects:


Funding Source:
United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act and initially funded through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Funding Amount:

Funding Deadline:
EPA anticipates the Requests for Applications will be released this fall.

Provide input or submit questions about this program to SWIFR@epa.gov.

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