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After March 23, our district offices and Central Office will be temporarily closed and will have increasingly limited ability to receive deliveries, plans, etc. All entities are encouraged to submit plans, permit applications, etc., electronically where there are existing avenues to do so, such as the eBusiness Center (eBiz). Please refer to the list of available services on the main eBiz webpage. We encourage you to make use of all that apply, even if you have not used eBiz in the past. Plans under 25 MB can be emailed. For large plans over 25 MB, entities should work with the reviewer/division to upload via LiquidFiles. Directions for submitting docs via LiquidFiles is available on YouTube. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding. If you wish to send hard copies of documents to any of Ohio EPA’s district offices, the best method to ensure we receive these documents is to send them via U.S. Mail. Since all offices are closed, deliveries outside of U.S. Mail (FedEx, UPS) will likely be returned because the offices are closed and deliveries cannot be made.

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Officials to Focus on New High Street Glass Recycling Program

An Ohio EPA recycling grant focused on glass recovery from businesses on High Street is paying dividends for the city of Columbus. Since the start of the program this year, the city’s Recycling on High initiative has recovered an additional 87.03 tons of glass. The grant to increase glass collection on High Street will help offset the cost to implement the program.

Glass recycling is important, not just in Columbus, but around the state because major manufacturers need more glass to create their products. Each year, 90 percent of the glass Ohio consumers and businesses throw away ends up in a landfill. Ohio businesses can use this untapped supply of glass to lower their energy costs, create new products and jobs and save valuable natural resources.

In Columbus, businesses participating in Glass on High include: Surly Girl Saloon, Bodega, Local Bar, Hubbard Grille, La Fogata Grill, Short North Tavern, Rigsby’s Kitchen, Barley's Brewing Company – Ale House #1, North High Brewing, Brothers Drake, Hilton Columbus Downtown, Japanese Steak House, House Beer, Whit’s Frozen Custard, Kingmakers, Mikey’s Late Night Slice, Melt Bar and Grilled, Two Fish Bistro, Mike’s Grill, Nida's Thai on High, Da Levee, Pint House Beer Garden, Plaza Mexican Grill, Bakersfield, Lemongrass Fusion Bistro, Level Dining Lounge, Short North Stage, Arch City Tavern, Donatos Pizza (Campus location), Newport Music Hall, Hampton Inn, Ethyl & Tank, Midway on High, Denmark on High and The Secret Cellar.

Across the state, Ohio EPA is teaming up with municipalities and solid waste districts to increase glass recycling efforts. More information about how municipalities and solid waste districts can partner with Ohio EPA can be found at

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.

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