As a precautionary response to COVID-19, Ohio EPA is currently operating with most staff working remotely. If you are working with our staff on a current project and you know the name of the employee you are working with, email them at or call them directly. The Agency website has contact information for every district, division, and office. To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946. This number should only be used for emergencies. For all other calls, please contact Ohio EPA’s main phone line at (614) 644-3020 or the main line for the division or office you are trying to reach.

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.


Recycling Grants Available from Ohio EPA

Webinar Scheduled for Jan. 7, 2021; Applications Due Feb. 5, 2021

Ohio EPA is accepting applications for recycling and litter prevention grants to public and private organizations around the state. The application deadline is Feb. 5, 2021, at 3 p.m.

Interested applicants are encouraged to participate in a Jan. 7, 2021, webinar to learn about Ohio EPA’s Recycling and Litter Prevention Grant application process and the activities targeted by the grant program. The webinar will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. Register for the webinar here.

This highly competitive grant program provides opportunities for local governments, schools, private businesses, and nonprofit organizations to establish and implement recycling and litter prevention programs, recycling market development for manufacturers, expansion of recycling and processing facilities, and recycling infrastructure improvements.

Four categories of grants are available:

  • Academic institution grants award up to $100,000 to schools with a 25 percent match or for construction projects using ground tire rubber, up to $300,000 with a 100 percent match;
  • Community and litter grants award up to $200,000 with a 25 percent match to local governments and nonprofits;
  • Market development grants are available to private businesses for up to $200,000 with 100 percent match and require a government sponsor; and
  • Scrap tire grants are available to businesses, local governments, and nonprofits for up to $300,000 with a 100 percent match and require a business to have a government sponsor.

Grants will be awarded in July 2021. More information about the Recycling and Litter Prevention Grant program is available online.


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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