Mike Settles

Ohio EPA Encourages Job Creation Through Recycling Programs

313 full-time jobs to be created and retained

Thirteen projects across Ohio were awarded $1.7 million through the Recycling Market Development Grant program offered by Ohio EPA. With these funds, 313 permanent jobs will be created and retained.

The Market Development Grants will assist in a variety of recycling programs including: construction and debris recycling, manufacturing and processing recycling, organic recycling and material recovery facilities.

Grants were awarded based on: financial need of the applicant, demonstration of positive economic and environmental impact regionally or statewide, assurances that the project will accomplish stated goals and availability of grant funds. The funding will become available on July 1.

Businesses and nonprofit groups were eligible for funding, but each group needed to be sponsored by a public entity, such as a municipal corporation, county, township or solid waste management district/authority.

Ohio EPA is responsible for implementing statewide waste reduction, recycling, recycling market development and litter prevention programs. All Ohioans are encouraged to reduce waste, recycle materials and buy recycled-content products.

Most grant recipients worked in cooperation with private companies or not-for-profits and include:

  • Athens-Hocking Solid Waste District (Athens and Hocking counties) – $40,000 to establish a food waste/compost program, in cooperation with Compost Exchange/Purely American;
  • City of Columbus (Franklin County) – $88,540.87 to purchase tools that will assist in handling construction and demolition debris, in cooperation with Rain Brothers;
  • City of Columbus (Franklin County) – $36,850 to purchase home deconstruction hand tools, in cooperation with Clean Turn International;
  • Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District – $63,750 to purchase a mattress bailer, tow motor and two trucks, in cooperation with Ohio Mattress Recovery and Recycling;
  • Delaware/Knox/Marion/Morrow County (DKMM) Solid Waste District – $149,296.50  to purchase a copper granulator system that separates copper from plastic wiring, in cooperation with Sims Bros.;
  • City of Eastlake (Lake County) – $27,457.25 to purchase a cargo van and box truck to collect clinic plastic and hospital waste, in cooperation with New Avenues to Independence;
  • Hamilton County Solid Waste District – $250,000 to purchase equipment necessary to help improve food waste recycling, in cooperation with Compost Cincy;
  • Village of Lexington (Richland County) – $250,000 to purchase a film plastic erma manufacturing unit which produces film packaging for the food industry, in cooperation with Next Generation Films;
  • Ottawa-Sandusky-Senica Solid Waste District – $125,000 to help purchase a paper/plastic ballistic separator shredder and screening unit, in cooperation with FSI Disposal;
  • City of Toledo (Lucas County) – $200,000 toward the purchase of a primary shredder, classifier and tire debeader, in cooperation with Stickney Recycling;
  • Weathersfield Township (Trumbull County) – $250,000 toward buying two wheel loaders, an excavator and sort line for construction and demolition debris, in cooperation with Kurtz Bros.; and
  • Wood County Solid Waste District – $250,000 toward a system that separates and cleans plastic flake for the bottling industry, in cooperation with Phoenix Technologies.

The next community recycling grant application opportunity opens Oct. 1, 2013, with a deadline in Feb. 2014. Grant recipients have 12 months to complete the projects and must have a 50 percent cash match. Funding comes from fees generated when building materials and demolished structures are disposed at construction and demolition debris landfills.

For additional information about the grant program, contact Ohio EPA at (614) 644-2873 or visit


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. In the past 40 years, 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. Ohio EPA -- 40 years and moving forward.