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Ohio EPA to Support Ohio Manufacturing with Two Glass Recycling Grants
Two new Ohio EPA grants will support increased glass recycling in Shelby and Union counties.
Following the Shelby County Commissioners’ $600,000 investment in the Shelby County Recycling Center, Ohio EPA is contributing $127,350 to help recover glass that would otherwise end up in landfills. The money will be used for new equipment that will help double the amount of glass recovered.
The facility is expecting to increase the amount of glass that it processes from 250 tons to 500 tons per year. The improvements are expected to retain three current jobs and expand one part-time position to a full-time position.
In addition, a $104,650 grant will go to the North Central Ohio Solid Waste District to purchase equipment at the Union Recyclers Waste Recovery facility, which it operates. This is expected to increase the amount of glass processed from 480 tons per year to 1,000 tons per year. The improvements are expected to retain 12 full-time positions and expand two part-time jobs to full-time positions.
Using post-consumer glass (called cullet) helps Ohio’s manufacturers reduce costs of producing glass products and insulation. The state’s manufacturers need an additional 195,000 tons of cullet each year; however, in Ohio, an estimated 90 percent of glass goes to landfills. Ohio EPA has targeted glass recycling as a priority to reduce waste while helping Ohio’s manufacturers be more competitive.
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.