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  • Posters   

    This flyer describes the ReThink Disposable program and has testimonials from participating businesses.

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  • Brochures   

    This comprehensive 27-page guide provides examples of reusable foodware substitutes for disposable products that contribute to the waste generated by a typical food service business.

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    “By switching from expensive recyclable and compostable packaging to real dishes, I was able to save money and do the best thing for the environment. And right away customers started commenting on how happy they are with the changes!” Jena Davidson, Co-owner of Sacred Wheel, Oakland.

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  • Success Stories   

    “ReThink Disposable has been a huge success for Doc’s of the Bay. The recommendations are working fabulously and we’re seeing benefits well beyond the $2,000 annual savings. The food looks better than it ever has and customer response has been really positive.” Brandon Smuke, Truck Manager of Doc’s of the Bay Food Truck, Emeryville.

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    GRANTS DISTRIBUTED TO ORGANIZATIONS THROUGHOUT ALAMEDA COUNTY FROM FY 2013-2019. 

    Grant programs offer funding to entities involved with projects that increase source reduction, reuse and recycling, decrease the amount of waste generated and encourage the use of recycled content materials. 

     

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    Lawn to Garden Conversion Mini Grants for Nonprofits provides funding and incentives to convert small lawns (1,000 to 2,500 square feet) into sustainable landscapes at nonprofit facilities located in Alameda County. As people often regularly congregate at community based facilities, projects in these public settings will provide excellent opportunities to promote lawn conversion programs. The grant goal is to lose a lawn, gain a garden and have community members participate in the conversion. Technical assistance, material discounts and grant funding provides support to organization to convert lawn to a sustainable garden.

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    This block grant was developed by the Waste Management Authority Board in 1998 in response to requests by local charity thrifts to provide partial relief from high disposal expenses due largely to illegal dumping. The Charity Thrift Block Grant is intended for Alameda County Charity thrift 501(c)(3) corporations (or distinct operating units or division of such a corporation) that reuses and recycles donated goods or materials and receives more than 50% of its revenues from the handling and sale of those donated goods or materials. $15,000 maximum request.

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    In order to ensure that grant recipients receive funds in a timely manner, please review this overview of the Funding Agreement, Payment and Reporting Requirements.

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    GRANTS DEADLINE:   April 10, 2017 at 5 PM

    Funding via the competitive grants program is available to nonprofit entities for innovative projects that increase individual and community involvement in source reduction and recycling efforts, decrease the amount of waste generated and sent to the County’s landfills, and encourage the development, marketing and use of recycled products. While no maximum award amounts have been set, grants are typically expected to be in the range of $25,000- $65,000. Proposals requesting higher levels of funding are scrutinized for impacts commensurate with the grant request.

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