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Southwest Ohio: Ohio EPA Grants $615,000 for Recycling and Litter Prevention

Recipients from Adams, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Hamilton, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren counties

Ohio EPA is awarding more than $615,000 this year in grants to 20 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 $13,200 Purchase recycling containers and litter clean-up supplies
Butler County Solid Waste District $45,416 Recycling outreach and education campaign materials
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden (Hamilton County) $99,737 Purchase grinder, lift scale, and bobcat bucket grapple
Clinton County Solid Waste Materials District $23,792 Community tire events and an electronic collection event
Colerain Township (Hamilton County) $1,200 Purchase deer cameras to track litterers
Darke County Solid Waste $24,400 Litter cleanup, tire amnesty program, and KAB renewal fees
Fairfield Township (Butler County) $9,800 Litter cleanup supplies, rental equipment, advertising, and reusable bags
Foundation for Ohio River Education (Multiple counties along Ohio River) $25,000 River sweep event
Germantown (Montgomery County) $6,485 10 double-outdoor recycling trash cans
Greene County $8,000 Tire amnesty event
Hamilton (Butler County) $1,422 Litter clean-up supplies
Hamilton County Public Health $2,156 Surveillance cameras
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful $16,144 Litter clean-up supplies
Merwin Elementary (Hamilton County) $4,234 Purchase equipment for school waste reduction initiative
Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (Hamilton County) $46,407 Purchase surveillance cameras, litter clean-up supplies, and education and outreach supplies
Preble Arts (Preble County) $50,000 Purchase equipment and materials needed to create metal sculptures made from recycled metal that will also serve as recycling bins
Warren County Solid Waste District sponsoring AAA Wastewater Services, Inc. and DBA Triple A Pro Services $194,987 Purchase Screenco systems for screening at the receiving station and a Greasezilla processing tank
Waste-Free Dayton, Inc. (Montgomery County) $3,820 Purchase litter cleanup supplies, advertising, recycling carts, and shirt
West Milton (Miami County) $38,806 Purchase recycling roll-off containers
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.