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Ohio EPA Accepting Proposals for Recycling Grants; Schedules Information Session and Webinar
Ohio EPA is accepting applications for several types of recycling grants and will host an informational meeting on Thursday, October 29, 2015, to explain them and discuss who is eligible for the 2016 grant application process.
The October 29 grant informational meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, 2045 Morse Road, Building E (Assembly Center), Columbus, Ohio 43229. Those attending should be prepared to provide a photo I.D.
In addition, Ohio EPA will host a webinar about the grants on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 (details can be found at https://ohioepa.webex.com/mw3000/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=ohioepa&service=6).
Ohio EPA administers programs relating to statewide source reduction, recycling, market development, litter prevention and scrap tire recycling projects. Grant applications for all four programs are due February 1, 2016.
Grant programs available include:
Community Development Grants support Ohio community recycling and litter prevention efforts, including new infrastructure to collect and process materials such as construction and demolition debris, electronics (such as cell phones or computers), glass, paper-based materials, and plastics.
Litter Management Grants improve local environments through litter prevention, beautification and waste reduction. Ohio communities can receive funding for litter cleanup, litter prevention and awareness. Grant proposals must include litter cleanup on public land, roadsides or public waterways, and involve the use of volunteers.
Market Development Grants are offered to Ohio businesses and non-profits to create infrastructure that develops successful markets for recyclable materials and related products, using recyclables collected or processed in Ohio.
Scrap Tire Grants are available to Ohio business and local communities interested in either converting manufacturing operations to accept scrap tire material, expanding tire processing, developing a scrap tire reuse or installing civil engineering or construction projects that utilize scrap tires. Project materials must be collected or processed in Ohio.
Grant awards will be announced in April 2016, with funding available in July 2016. For more information, applicants can download grant information from www.recycleohio.gov or contact Chet Chaney, Environmental Supervisor, at Chet.Chaney@epa.ohio.gov,(614)728-0043, or Marie Barnett, Grants Administrator, at Marie.Barnett@epa.ohio.gov, (614) 705-1019.
The grant programs are available to a variety of eligible applicants that include municipal corporations, counties, townships, villages, state colleges or universities, solid waste management districts or authorities, park districts, health districts, non-profit organizations, statewide recycling and litter prevention trade associations, “Keep Ohio Beautiful” affiliates, boards of education and businesses.
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.