8/23/13
PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER: (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: Linda Fee Oros
CITIZEN CONTACT: Mary McCarron

Ohio EPA Partners With Keep Ohio Beautiful

Ohio EPA will provide a $150,000 grant and partner with Keep Ohio Beautiful (KOB) to help enforce anti-littering laws, educate the public and stimulate collection and containment of litter.

The two-year grant will be used to provide environmental law enforcement training workshops to several hundred local, state and federal law enforcement and health personnel. Attendees will learn about Ohio’s environmental laws through hands-on training and a copy of the Environmental Law Resource Guide. Participants will learn how to target enforcement and successfully prosecute environmental crime at the state and local level.

The grant also will support the annual meeting to benefit 34 KOB affiliate communities with training and education. Keep Ohio Beautiful will partner with Ohio EPA for the annual Ohio Great American Cleanup in April.

At last year’s Great American Cleanup:

  • 671 cleanup events were held involving more than 185,000 volunteers who disposed of more than 4.5 million pounds of debris;
  • reused more than 67,000 pounds of clothing;
  • recycled more than 4,000 pounds of aluminum and steel; about 5.4 million pounds of paper; almost 5,000 pounds of batteries; more than 393,000 pounds of electronics; more than 2 million pounds of plastic bottles; 2,067 pounds of glass; 29 cars; and more than 146,000 tires;
  • 922 educational workshops reached about 70,000 children;
  • graffiti was removed at 396 sites; and
  • 257 community greening and beautification projects were completed.

For more information on Ohio EPA’s grant programs call (614) 728-0043 or for more information on KOB visit Keep Ohio Beautiful, (330) 338-8328.

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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. In the past 40 years, 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. Ohio EPA….40 years and moving forward.



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