Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention

A non-regulatory program that helps small businesses and other Ohio organizations comply with environmental regulations, prevent pollution and fund recycling and litter prevention efforts.

OCAPP provides free and confidential assistance to Ohio business to help them comply with Ohio’s environmental requirements – focusing on the needs of small business. The office helps customers identify and implement pollution prevention (P2) measures that can save money, increase business performance and benefit the environment. OCAPP’s recycling and litter prevention grant program provides funding to local governments, colleges and universities, solid waste management districts/authorities, health districts, trade associations and businesses for a variety of recycling, litter cleanup and scrap tire management projects. The funding also supports market development for materials such as glass, plastics, rubber and construction/demolition debris. Services of the office include a toll-free hotline, on-site compliance and P2 assessments, workshops/training, plain-English publications library, online training catalogue and assistance in completing permit application forms.

Ohio EPA has developed a new program to recognize organizations committed to environmental excellence at all levels; it is open to a wide variety of participants. The Encouraging Environmental Excellence (εз) program has a three-level approach that recognizes Ohio businesses and other organizations completing environmentally beneficial activities, and escalates to higher levels of recognition for those who exceed regulatory requirements or commit to future environmental stewardship efforts.

Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (εз) program honors organizations that reduce waste and continuously improve as an environmental steward. Six companies received a Silver Level Award in 2014. We asked a few recipients to share their journey toward achieving their new E3 status. Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler also shares his thoughts on this year’s E3 Silver Award recipients.