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Ohio EPA Grants $1.1 Million for Recycling and Litter Prevention in Southwest Ohio

Recipients from Adams, Butler, Champaign, Clermont, Clinton, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Logan, Montgomery, and Shelby counties 

Ohio EPA is awarding more than $1.1 million this year in grants to 24 local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations throughout southwest Ohio to implement recycling, litter prevention, market development, and scrap tire recycling programs. 

Statewide, the Agency is issuing more than $6 million in grant funding to 103 recipients, with more than $3.1 million specifically for community and litter prevention grants.

Local governments and other entities use these grants for litter collection, education programming, and the disposal of scrap tires through amnesty collection events. All local cleanup efforts involve the work of volunteers and take place on public property. Some of these grants tie into a statewide litter campaign, A Little Litter is a Big Problem, announced by Governor Mike DeWine on April 22 to prioritize and promote the conversation around litter in Ohio.

Projects approved for funding (rounded down to the nearest dollar) include:

Adams-Clermont Solid Waste District $29,680   Litter collection and tire amnesty
Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions (Greene County) $99,881 Organics composting
Cincinnati (Hamilton County) $50,000 Purchase vinyl labels for carts and personal services
Cincinnati Recycling and Reuse Hub  $32,170 Purchase a cargo van, baler, pallet jack, basket and platform trucks, utility carts, postal scale
Clinton County Solid Waste Materials District $14,496 Tire amnesty
Corporation for Findlay Market (Hamilton County) $8,080 Organics recycling
Dayton Society of Natural History $16,175 Waste reduction initiative
Foundation for Ohio River Education (Hamilton County) $15,000 Ohio River Sweep
Great Parks of Hamilton County $83,133  Materials for organics recycling
Green Umbrella (Hamilton County) $46,000 Organics recycling
Greene County $8,500 Tire amnesty event
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton $73,800 Purchase a box truck for recycled donations
Highland County Commissioners $5,000 Litter cleanup supply kits
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful $10,384 Purchase surveillance cameras to monitor illegal dump sites
Keep Ohio Beautiful $80,000 Litter collection and special venues
Little Miami River Kleeners (Greene County) $8,402 River cleanup event
Logan County Solid Waste District $200,000 Purchase equipment to expand fiber recovery facility
New Miami Local School District (Butler County) $930 Expansion of recycling program for cafeteria and sporting events
Royal Paper Stock Co. Inc. (Butler County) $72,740 Paper fiber recycling
Rumpke Waste and Recycling (Butler County) $199,588 Purchase a shredder, knives, metal detector, and slider bed
Shelby Soil and Water Conservation District  $6,400  Tire amnesty
Sidney (Shelby County) $25,991 Curbside tagging project
Triad Local Schools (Champaign County) $14,000 Community walkway paving
University of Cincinnati (Hamilton County) $30,000 Purchase Ergo recycling cans

Community and Litter Grants are available to local governments, parks or health departments, state colleges and universities, solid waste authorities, and nonprofit organizations or Keep America Beautiful communities to support and expand community recycling and litter prevention efforts. Market Development Grants assist businesses that purchase equipment and infrastructure for successful markets of recyclable materials and related products. Scrap Tire Grants provide financial assistance to Ohio’s businesses, communities, and nonprofits seeking to convert manufacturing operations into facilities that accept scrap tire material, expand tire processing, or use scrap tire material in construction projects or manufactured products. Academic Institution Grants are available to public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities for recycling efforts as well as outreach and education, recycling equipment, and conference sponsorships. 

For additional information about the grant programs, contact Marie Barnett at Ohio EPA at Marie.Barnett@epa.ohio.gov, or online: www.recycleohio.gov.


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.

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