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To better align our sustainability, pollution prevention and recycling efforts, our Recycling and Litter Prevention Grant Program (R&LP) is transferring to DEFA’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP).

The R&LP grant program provides financial assistance to local governments, colleges and universities, solid waste management districts, health districts, associations and businesses to support recycling and litter prevention efforts. The program also funds market development activities to increase Ohio’s ability to recycle materials like glass, plastics, rubber and construction/demolition debris. Since the program began in 1981, more than $230 million has been awarded to support more than 4,300 projects in Ohio, including $3.9 million awarded to 60 local governments, businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout Ohio in 2018.

Within the past year, OCAPP launched the Ohio Materials Marketplace (OMM), a free online platform to find opportunities to recycle and reuse materials. To date, businesses and other organizations have used OMM to divert more than 1,600 tons of recyclable materials from our landfills. OCAPP’s recent waste characterization study will also help identify trends and opportunities for promoting more recycling in Ohio.

Bringing the recycling grant funding program together with these activities will improve our coordination for recycling funding priorities and the delivery of service to our customers. We anticipate this transition to be seamless, with no changes for our R&LP grant stakeholders for the current and future grant cycles.

If you have questions, we’d be happy to answer them. Contact Dan Sowry, Assistant Chief, Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) by email at daniel.sowry@epa.ohio.gov, or by phone at (614) 728-8575.