Earn up to $1,800 in rebates to expand or improve your zero waste program.

Is my business eligible?

The rebate is available to multifamily and commercial properties that meet all of the following criteria:

What can I use the rebate for? 

You may choose from five rebate options:

  • Increase your recycling capacity (multifamily properties only).  
  • Start an organics diversion program (such as composting) at your business or property (not available to food-permitted businesses).
  • Switch from plastic bags to paper or reusable bags. (Must be given away for free, not sold.)
  • Switch from foam containers and cups to BPI-certified compostable containers or cups.
  • Switch from plastic straws to BPI-certified compostable or reusable straws.

What is the process?

There are eight steps in the rebate process, which take two to six months to complete. You must follow all steps in order.

  1. Submit a pre-application before July 15, 2020.
  2. Schedule a site visit and waste assessment with City staff.
  3. Submit your application before August 1, 2020.
  4. Receive application approval via email (you must receive approval before making purchases).
  5. Purchase eligible supplies and/or services.
  6. Submit complete and accurate receipt documentation. 
  7. Complete an exit survey (within six months of application date).
  8. Receive rebate check (generally within 8 to 10 weeks of submitting complete and accurate receipts; actual timing may vary).

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What are the limitations?

  • Rebate cannot exceed $1,800 per eligible business location. 
  • No more than 10 locations are eligible per owning entity or property management company per calendar year.
  • Collection services must be provided through a licensed private hauler.
  • Rebates are available to eligible participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Rebate reservations or rain checks are not accepted.

Other restrictions apply. See rebate terms and conditions.

About the program

More than 200 businesses have taken advantage of the rebate since 2015, receiving more than $150,000 in eligible reimbursements.