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Ohio EPA Grants $1.5 Million for Recycling and Litter Prevention to Northwest Ohio

Recipients from Auglaize, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Marion, Mercer, Ottawa, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Williams, and Wyandot counties

Ohio EPA is awarding more than $1.5 million this year in grants to 23 local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations throughout northwest 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:

Auglaize County Solid Waste Management District   $56,294   Purchase a skid loader and advertisement for material recovery facility
Barnes Nursery, Inc. (Erie County) $200,000 Organics recycling
Cleanlites Recycling (Fulton County) $200,000  Aerosol can recycling
Defiance County Environmental Services $15,000 Adopt a Highway signs, school presentations, recycling containers for community containers
Friends of Lucas County Children Services $35,000  Playground paving
Goodwill Industries of Erie, Huron, Ottawa, and Sandusky counties) $20,172 Purchase a foam densifier
Harding Township (Lucas County) $2,400 Township cleanup day
Henry County Solid Waste $50,000 Scrap tire recovery program
Lucas County Solid Waste Management District $200,000 Purchase bin and screens for Material Recovery Facility
Marion County Recycling and Litter Prevention $1,000 Keep America Beautiful renewal, T-shirts, totes, and advertising for litter clean up event
Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity (Lucas County) $39,500 Purchase a box truck for recycled donations
Mercer County Solid Waste Management District $4,424  Roadway littler cleanup
North End Community Improvement Collaborative (Richland County) $39,142 Organics composting
Ottawa/Sandusky/Seneca Solid Waste District $31,040 Tire amnesty events
Recycle Services, LLC (Lucas County) $200,000 Glass recycling
Richland County Regional Solid Waste Management Authority $30,400 Purchase a recycling trailer
Toledo Christian Schools (Lucas County) $4,198 Purchase bins, containers, and Republic Services
Toledo Environmental Services $64,000 Household hazardous waste and tire collection events
Triangular Processing Inc. (Fulton County) $62,241 Purchase a truck, trailers, forklift, bins, hoppers, and forklift attachment
University of Cincinnati (Hamilton County) $30,000 Purchase Ergo recycling cans
University of Findlay (Hancock County) $48,597 Purchase a skid steer, cardboard baler, cardboard trailers, and marketing materials
Williams County Health Department $25,000 Tire amnesty events
Wyandot County Solid Waste Management District  $162,507 Purchase a high compaction read loader truck
Keep Ohio Beautiful (Statewide) $80,000 Litter collection and special venues

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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