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Ohio EPA Awards Grants to Schools to Install Water Bottle Filling Stations at Water Fountains

Next grant opportunity opens in November

Ohio EPA has awarded Recycle Ohio grants to 94 schools, school districts, and diocese in 70 communities to install or retrofit water fountains with water bottle filling stations in 206 school buildings. The grants will help cover the costs of equipment and benefit the state by reducing plastic bottle waste by encouraging students and school staff to carry reusable water bottles.

Ohio EPA’s Recycling and Litter Prevention grant program made $500,000 available to public and private K-12 schools statewide to promote the “Three Rs” – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The grants help reduce the use of single-use plastic bottles and keep more plastic waste out of landfills. The communities are receiving grants up to $5,000 per school and $10,000 per school district or diocese.

The list of grant recipients is available online.

Ohio EPA will offer the grants again in 2023. The next grant cycle begins on Nov. 7, 2022, with the application deadline on Feb. 3, 2023.

To learn more about the grants, register online for the Nov. 8, 2023, grant kickoff meeting. The meeting begins at 10 a.m.

For more information, visit recycleohio.gov or contact program staff at recycle@epa.ohio.gov.

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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.