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Commercial Waste Compactor Pilot Program


Grants up to $13,500 to help DC Businesses purchase or lease a commercial waste compactor for trash, recyclables or organic waste for composting on or after 6/2/2017.  Partial grants available for compactors already leased/purchased between 10/1/2016 and 6/1/2017.

BENEFITS to Businesses and the District include:

  • reduced sanitation issues (loose trash, spills, rodents)
  • lower greenhouse gas emissions from less hauling trips
  • lower hauling costs (varies by business’ service provider)

Would a compactor work for your business?

  • Do you currently have or share a dumpster-style waste container?  If YES, your space may be able to accommodate a commercial compactor for trash, recyclables and/or compostable. Multiple businesses may share one compactor. 
  • Are you a business (for-profit entity) incorporated and licensed in the District of Columbia?
  • Would you be able to buy/lease a commercial compactor between 6/2/1017 and 9/30/2017?  If YES, you could apply for up to $13,500 to buy or $9,000 to lease. 
  • Did you already buy/lease a commercial compactor between 10/1/2016 and 6/1/2017? If YES, you could apply for a partial grant (up to half of the maximum grant award above)

Submission deadline is Friday, September 15, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. or when funds are exhausted (whichever comes first).  DSLBD’s partner Coalition for Non Profit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED) is managing the grant application process.

REVIEW Guidance Documents, Addenda and other Grant Documents

FOR MORE INFORMATION: (202) 370-3693, [email protected] or www.cnhed.org/compactor. 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW: The Commercial Waste Compactor Pilot Program comprises:

  1. Grants to offset compactor costs, which is funded by the Department of Public Works (DPW), administered by DSLBD and managed by a grants manager Coalition For Non Profit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED); and
  2. Education of business owners and impact metrics measurement of rodent activity and sanitation violations through a partnership with Department of Health (DOH)’s Rat Riddance initiative.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: Through the installation of commercial waste compactors and the education of business and property owners, DPW, DSLBD, DOH and CNHED seek to reduce:

  • the likelihood of accidental pollution through spills or wind-blown debris
  • rodent activity near businesses
  • the number of trips to haul waste

In doing so, the Program will support the Sustainable DC goals to minimize the generation of greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the volume of waste disposed.