Community Innovation Fund (CIF) Projects
Since it's inception in 2020, the Rethink Waste Project's Community Innovation Fund has awarded more than $61K to 27 projects that reduce waste in Deschutes County.
Thanks to support from our partners – Deschutes County Solid Waste, Visit Central Oregon, and City of Bend – CIF can now fund up to $5K per project with multiple award rounds each year. Applications are now open for the 2024 funding cycle!
Browse through the projects below to see the wide-range of applicants, ideas, and impacts. You can filter with the options below, or click a project for more details.
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- Single Use
Bicycle Re-Source of Bend will divert bicycles from landfill to community members by repairing donated bicycles and coordinating with local organizations and advocates to distribute the bicycles and accessories.
Tetherow Resort will install 8 more recycling bins across the property to recycle redeemable bottles and cans, and donate proceeds to local nonprofit organizations.
SCP Redmond Hotel will add bins and composters with effective signage to increase recycling and composting rates.
Green Hygiene will provide students at COCC with zero waste laundry detergent, toothpaste and menstruation product options to reduce waste.
HDFFA will expand their Grow & Give program with insulated coolers and offer produce donation locations at community gardens, gleans, and farmers markets to increase food donations by 3,000 lbs in 2023.
Council on Aging will replace breakable dishware with new durable dishware, with the goal of utilizing dishware that lasts more than six months.
Bend-La Pine Schools will implement reusable dishware kits in each school to be used for all special events reducing single-use waste.
Central Oregon Locavore will set up an outdoor storage shed to decrease the number of waxed produce boxes that are going to the landfill, while simultaneously saving local farmers and ranchers significant expenses.
Worthy Environmental will use the Community Innovation Fund to purchase a composter and rain barrel to achieve a hot composting process and host two free composting workshops.
Mount Bachelor Village is expanding the reach of their tourism waste reduction pilot to improve the quality and quantity of recycled materials, specifically reducing plastic contamination.
Cascades Academy is implementing an easy to understand, functional composting system for current classes and classes to come.
Bear Creek Elementary, Amity Creek Elementary, and REALMS will reduce waste generated in their cafeterias by testing out a variety of reusable alternatives to single use items.
Campfire Hotel will add recycling containers for plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and glass with clear signage, in an accessible way, in each of the 100 rooms and also the lobby and meeting space.
Fields Farm teamed up with Spider City Brewing to divert the brewery’s trub, using it as compost or mulch.
RAD (Reduce All Detritus) purchased a large spinning wheel and other tools and supplies to create large pots from plastic bags and bottles.
COIC Skills Lab implemented a composting project using a SubPod vermiculture station with worms, diverting 500 pounds of waste each year and reaching and educating 150+ youth and 25+ staff in the process.
COCC developed and installed permanent waste sorting signage outside of the Wickiup Residence Hall, and also created portable sorting signage for events around the residence hall.
Latino Community Association used the Community Innovation Fund in 2022 to purchase reusable food and drinkware for their Community Room. The space gets rented at least 3x a week for events where food and drink is served and saves about 100-200 items of related single-use waste for each event.
OSU-Cascades Sustainability Club purchased composters to convert their yard and food waste to compost.
Desert Sky Montessori built and developed a Recycling Hut, a collection facility made from upcycled materials to collect various materials not accepted in curbside carts.
Central Oregon Locavore launched a Container Reuse Program reusing glass jars and plastic containers for bulk purchases, eliminating single-use plastic tubs and diverting approximately 600 plastic containers annually.
Council on Aging of Central Oregon implemented reusable bags for their Meals on Wheels community-based food delivery program for aging adults, saving up to 525 pounds of plastic bag waste per month!
COCC designed and installed signage across campus to reduce recycling contamination and increase diversion of recyclables from the landfill, with a pilot of new recycling stations in key areas of campus, followed by a roll-out to other areas of campus.
Taco Del Mar in Bend and Remond replaced single-use disposable foodware and utensils with reusables for all eat-in diners.