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 firstname.lastname@epa.ohio.gov or call them directly. The Agency website has contact information for every district, division, and office. In order to reach us, 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.

To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946

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Helping communities and businesses access compliance, technical and financial assistance for their environmental needs.

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.