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Ohio EPA Grants $1.2 Million for Recycling and Litter Prevention in Central Ohio
Recipients from Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Knox, Madison, Morrow, and Union counties
Ohio EPA is awarding more than $1.2 million this year in grants to 18 local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations throughout central Ohio to implement recycling, litter prevention, market development, and scrap tire recycling programs. Statewide, the Agency is issuing more than $6 million in grant funding to 103 recipients, with $269,766 specifically for community and litter prevention programs.
Local governments and other entities use these grants for litter collection, education programming, and the disposal of scrap tires through amnesty collection events. All local cleanup efforts involve the work of volunteers and take place on public property. Some of these grants tie into a statewide litter campaign, A Little Litter is a Big Problem, announced by Governor Mike DeWine on April 22 to prioritize and promote the conversation around litter in Ohio.
Projects approved for funding (rounded down to the nearest dollar) include:
|180 Demo (Franklin County)
|Columbus Crew SC (Franklin County)
||Purchase compactor, baler, and containers for recycling
|Columbus Outdoor Pursuits (Franklin County)
|Decker Construction Company (Franklin County)
||Recycled road construction waste and fly ash
|Delaware General Health District
||Litter collection and Keep America Beautiful renewal
|Dublin City Schools – Dublin Jerome High School (Franklin County)
||Purchase equipment for Grind2Energy
|Econopia LLC (Madison County)
|Final Third Foundation (Franklin County)
||Recycling for soccer club
|Franklin County Municipal Court
|Genoa Township (Delaware County)
||Purchase curbside recycling carts
|Keep Ohio Beautiful (Statewide)
||Litter collection and special venues
|Knox County Recycling & Litter Prevention
|Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action Agency (Fairfield County)
||Tire amnesty events
|Liberty Tire Services (Franklin County)
||Purchase a rasper and conveyors
|Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (Franklin County)
||Summit on Sustainability
|Morrow County Commissioners
||Outreach and education, Keep America Beautiful renewal
|North Central Ohio Solid Waste District (Union County)
||Purchase a Mack roll-off truck
|The Ohio State University (Franklin County)
||Expansion and improvement of recycling program at Wexner Medical Center
Community and Litter Grants are available to local governments, parks or health departments, state colleges and universities, solid waste authorities, and nonprofit organizations or Keep America Beautiful communities to support and expand community recycling and litter prevention efforts. Market Development Grants assist businesses that purchase equipment and infrastructure for successful markets of recyclable materials and related products. Scrap Tire Grants provide financial assistance to Ohio’s businesses, communities, and nonprofits seeking to convert manufacturing operations into facilities that accept scrap tire material, expand tire processing, or use scrap tire material in construction projects or manufactured products. Academic Institution Grants are available to public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities for recycling efforts as well as outreach and education, recycling equipment, and conference sponsorships.
For additional information about the grant programs, contact Marie Barnett at Ohio EPA at Marie.Barnett@epa.ohio.gov, or online: www.recycleohio.gov.
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.