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Southeast Ohio: Ohio EPA Grants $965,00 for Recycling and Litter Prevention

Recipients from Adams, Athens, Clermont, Guernsey, Hocking, Lawrence, Meigs, Muskingum, Noble, Pike, Scioto, Stark, Tuscarawas, and Vinton counties

Ohio EPA is awarding more than $965,000 this year in grants to 14 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 $5 million in grant funding to 89 recipients, with $3.2 million 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 last year to prioritize and promote the conversation around litter in Ohio.

Projects approved for funding (rounded down to the nearest dollar) include:

Adams-Clermont Solid Waste District (Adams and Clermont counties) $13,200 Recycling containers and litter clean-up supplies
Athens (Athens County) $4,339 Purchase surveillance cameras
Athens-Hocking Solid Waste District (Athens and Hocking counties) $65,815 Tire amnesty events, purchase equipment for a Center for Hard to Recycle Materials
Habitat for Humanity of the Tri-State (Scioto County) $50,000 Purchase a box truck for recycling events
Lawrence-Scioto County Solid Waste Management District $15,735 Four tire amnesty events and scrap tire pick up from along roads
Meigs County General Health District $12,480 Scrap tire, litter collection, and recycling events
Pike County Solid Waste District $175,200 Equipment for site improvements to reduce labor and create holding capacity
Rural Action (Athens County) $66,454 Purchase a vertical bailer, used forklift, shredder air filtration system, and other equipment
Southeastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management District (Noble County) $300,000 Purchase rubber granulation machine, steel wire liberator, shredder, screening disc machine, and other equipment
Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Joint Solid Waste Management District $44,800 Outreach and education curriculum to help reduce recycling contamination
The Guernsey County Community Development Corporation $34,625 Purchase truck to start curbside recycling program
Tri-County Career Center (Athens County) $20,837 Launch new recycling campaign to promote recycling
Vinton County Health Department $3,826 Two county-wide clean up days, roadside litter clean up, and outreach and education materials
Zanesville (Muskingum County) $158,400 Purchase recycling collection truck
Keep Ohio Beautiful (Statewide) $80,000 Litter collection and special venues

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.