Hennepin County has a grant program to fund projects that prevent waste in the business sector. Areas of focus include replacing disposables with reusables, food waste prevention and innovative projects around research and development (to prevent waste).
Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until Friday, November 12, 2021, or until the annual program budget is exhausted, whichever occurs first.
Learn more and apply.
Waste prevention project examples
Review these project examples to see how waste prevention grant funding could be used at your business.
Reducing food waste and food waste tracking software
Taher Inc. in Plymouth tested food waste tracking software and were able to identify patterns of when and why food was being wasted and implement strategies to nearly eliminate the waste. Learn more about this project (PDF).
Reducing shipping waste
Retina Center of Minnesota conducted a pilot project to reuse shipping containers. Foam coolers easily lasted 10 cross-country road trips before becoming too worn to be replaced. Learn more about this project (PDF).
Reusable beer bottle system at breweries
Bayern Brewing in Missoula, Montana has found a way to resurrect a pre-1930’s reusable bottle filling system to keep glass bottles out of the waste stream. Bayern purchased a German industrial bottle-washing machine and launched their bottle reuse program “Eco League”. As a part of this program, they formed a cooperative with six of the state’s largest brewers who use glass bottles compatible with the washing system to collect bottles for washing. Learn more about this project (PDF).
Reusable containers in healthcare
Reusable containers and bags can replace disposable options to reduce waste and save energy and resources over their
lifetimes. Fairview Health Services used a grant from Hennepin County to buy reusable containers to replace single-use plastic bags to hold outpatient’s belongings. Learn more about this project (PDF).