It’s estimated that more than 1 million single-use water bottles are used every minute around the world.
Metro Waste Authority recycles water bottles like these at their new, state-of-the-art Metro Recycling Facility, but not all single-use plastics end up being recycled.
In fact, a 2017 study showed that 18% of waste in Metro Park East Landfill is single-use plastics – which includes water bottles.
That’s why the agency is offering a grant opportunity to support the purchase of water bottle filling stations. The grant covers up to $1,000 to purchase a new station or retrofit an existing drinking fountain to include a water bottle filling component.
- The grant must be used for a water bottle filling station in a public, nonprofit space in Metro Waste Authority’s planning area.
- The grant dollars are to be used exclusively for the acquisition of the station itself and not for costs associated with installation.
- The grant will cover up to $1,000 toward the cost of the station.
- Proof of purchase of a water bottle filling station or retrofitting kit must be submitted for funds to be reimbursed. Reimbursement requests should be made prior to June 30, 2023.
Completed applications are due by Sept. 16.
For more information or to apply, visit www.WhereItShouldGo.com/2022Grant.