Solid Waste Management Innovation Fund

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

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2017 Call for proposals

Download the SWMIF Terms of Reference.

Since the launch of the Solid Waste Management Innovation Fund in 2008, MMSB has funded 35 projects, dispersing more than $300,000 from the Waste Management Trust Fund.

Who Can Apply?

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. Projects can operate at any stage of the waste management hierarchy (reduce, reuse, recycle or recover).

Applications must be submitted in the format outlined to be eligible for consideration.

Proposals must be submitted to MMSB by 4:30 p.m. NDT on October 26, 2017. 

For more information, call 709.753.0958 or email aburke@mmsb.nl.ca.

Recipients

With 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.

See a complete list of Past Recipients.

Meet some of our partners and learn about innovative initiatives MMSB is proud to support in this presentation.

Highlighted Funding Partners

Home Again Furniture Bank, St. John’s

Home Again Furniture Bank is a non-profit organization that provides gently-used furniture and household items to individuals or families in need. Through this program, Home Again empowers people to rebuild their lives while fostering a sense of community pride. This eco-friendly charity is also having a positive environmental impact by diverting furniture waste from landfill.

Island Compost, Conception Bay South

In 2015, Island Compost began offering organic waste collection services for residents in St. John’s and the surrounding area. Since then, it has expanded operations to collect organic waste from various commercial clients including restaurants and office buildings. Its long-term goal is to divert 160 tonnes of organic waste per year from landfill. MMSB provided funding to Island Compost to assist in the purchase of equipment to manage and process the organic material.

Placentia West Heritage Committee

The Placentia West Heritage Committee preserves artifacts relating to the culture and heritage of the region and transmits the intangible cultural heritage of the Placentia West region. In 2015, it began collecting unwanted textiles to be sorted by workers and volunteers. Reusable clothing is donated to the local Smallwood Crescent Centre and the remainder of the textiles are incorporated into craft projects or repurposed as cleaning rags.

The Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and The Anchor Inn Hotel and Suites

The Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and The Anchor Inn Hotel and Suites are closing the loop on organic waste management. The Autism Society, through its restaurant, The Pantry, is operating the first industrial composter to be located onsite at a restaurant in the province. They are also working in partnership with local organizations to increase organic waste diversion. Similarly, in the accommodations industry, The Anchor Inn Hotel and Suites is operating the first industrial composter located at a hotel in the province to compost food waste from its onsite restaurant. The hotel operator is also exploring the potential to incorporate organic waste from other businesses in the Twillingate area into its composting project.