Solid Waste Management Innovation Fund

The Multi-Materials Stewardship Board’s (MMSB) Solid Waste Management Innovation Fund provides financial support to innovators who are advancing sustainable waste management by finding creative ways to turn trash into treasure in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Provincially owned and/or operated businesses, industry associations and non-profit organizations can apply for a maximum $15,000 non-repayable contribution for the development of new or improved technologies, products, services or processes that support the management of solid waste in Newfoundland and Labrador – at any stage of the waste management hierarchy (reduce, reuse, recycle or recover).

Download SWMIF Terms of Reference

Please note that applications must be submitted in the format outlined in the Terms of Reference in order to be eligible for consideration.

Proposals must be submitted to MMSB by 4:00 p.m. NDT on August 25, 2016.

Since the launch of the Solid Waste Management Innovation Fund in 2008, MMSB has funded 28 projects, dispersing more than $300,000 from the Waste Management Trust Fund.

For more information, call 709.753.0958 or email



Past Recipients

Through MMSB’s funding programs, many businesses and organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador have developed and implemented sustainable waste management programs to ensure a clean and healthy environment.

Here are some of the initiatives we are proud to support:

Past Recipients of the Solid Waste Management Innovation Fund

  • 2015-16

    The Anchor Inn and Suites $12,000
    Operate the first industrial composter located onsite at a hotel in the province while exploring the potential to incorporate organic waste from other businesses in the Twillingate area.

    The Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador $14,637
    Operate the first industrial composter located onsite at a restaurant in the province while working in partnership with local organizations to increase organic waste diversion.

    Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) $15,000
    Research and develop a marine waste stewardship program dedicated to engaging fishers and harbour authorities in sustainable waste management practices at sea.

    Home Again Furniture Bank $8,672
    Operate a collection and drop-off service for furniture and household items for donation to community members in need of items.

    Indian Bay Ecosystem Corporation $5,156
    Support the conservation of the Indian Bay ecosystem through the development of a community garden and composting program that engages community volunteers and students from the local elementary school.

    Island Compost $12,000
    Operate the first residential collection program for organic waste materials in Eastern Newfoundland.

    Mallard Cottage $12,500
    Divert organic waste by formally engaging staff in the development of a new, onsite composting program.

    Nature Bound Designs $2,655
    Upcycle damaged ceramic and glass tile into mosaic art pieces and home decorating projects, while selling packaged waste tiles to other artists.

    Placentia West Heritage Committee $9,180
    Collect and sort textiles to be repaired, donated or recycled to produce rugs and mats, while hosting workshops and displays to educate the public about the importance of recycling textiles.

    Shell-Ex $8,172
    Divert crab shell waste by processing the material into a product that can be added as an ingredient in their line of soil conditioning products.

  • 2014-15

    Chicken Farmers of NL $12,092
    Explore the potential to produce a bedding material from paper and cardboard that is suitable for the chicken farming industry.

    Esteem Women $5,000
    Reuse common waste items while engaging young women in hands-on creative activities.

    Ever Green Environmental $15,000
    Reduce the environmental impact of the production and shipping of new glass bottles by expanding its wine relabeling and reuse program.

    From Nature’s Seeds $13,580
    Compost shrimp shells in partnership with the Northern Peninsula Regional Service Board.

    Lester Farms Inc. $4,004
    Explore options to use commercial bakery waste as a pig feed substitute.

    New Found Fibre Products $14,360
    Repurpose residential and commercial cardboard for livestock bedding for local farmers.

    Petty Harbour Mini- Aquarium $2,500
    Deliver a “Keep Our Sea Waste-Free” program, designed to educate visitors about the connection between household waste and marine debris.

    Shell-Ex $15,000
    Process fishery and aquaculture by-products and poultry feathers into protein meals, fish oil and chitin-rich shell that can be sold to local, national and international markets.


  • 2012-13

    Abydoz Environmental $11,000
    Explore options to incorporate recycled glass into engineered wetlands and natural sewage treatment systems.

    ChrisDarMar Farms $8,769
    Divert chicken farm waste from landfill using compost drum technology to create an environmentally-safe material that can be used as soil amendment.

    Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium $3,500
    Deliver a Waste Watchers Program designed to educate visitors about the impact of garbage and litter on marine life.

    Natalie Jewellery $5,000
    Increase capacity and production of uniquely designed jewellery made from reclaimed materials such as copper water pipe, car parts and motors from old appliances.

    ROLES Project $11,000
    Restore abandoned mineral exploration sites in Labrador by properly disposing of hazardous waste that could otherwise negatively impact vegetation, wildlife, habitat and water.

    Lester Farm Inc. $15,000
    Compost commercial coffee grounds to produce and research a soil amendment that yields optimal nutrient values in soil and crops.

    Morrison Hershfield $15,000
    Create a Construction Waste Diversion Plan that provides contractors and construction professionals with best practices for reducing, reusing and recycling construction and demolition waste.

    STORM Brewing $12,200
    Implement a reuse program to collect and wash bottles for local reuse, reducing the environmental impact of the production and shipping of new glass bottles.

  • 2011-12

    Blue Ocean Sea Products $9,600v
    Explore the potential to extract Chitosan from shrimp and crab shells.

    Dr. Shariq Alam $8,000
    Explore the bio-adsorbent properties of crab and shrimp shells in the remediation of acid mine drainage.

  • 2010-11

    J & C Sod Farm $4,950
    Develop and test two new products, an organic shrimp-waste vermicompost and a worm tea, for use as a soil enhancer or fertilizer.

    Northern Seafoods $8,000
    Investigate the use of reusable freezer trays to replace corrugated inner cardboard cartons used to freeze product at fish processing facilities.

  • 2009-10

    College of the North Atlantic $10,000
    Explore the ash produced in the pulp and paper industry can be safely reused for agricultural, horticultural and forestry applications.

    Enviro-Shred $10,000
    Alternate daily landfill cover

    Ever Green Environmental $10,000
    Develop an industrial-level system for recovery, de-labelling and sanitization of wine bottles that aims to provide 500,000 wine bottles annually for use by Newfoundland-based wineries.

    Hebert’s Recycling Inc. $7,498
    Enviropactor testing