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Ohio EPA Grants $2.2 Million for Recycling and Litter Prevention in Northeast Ohio

Recipients from Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Harrison, Holmes, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, and Wayne counties

Ohio EPA is awarding more than $2.2 million this year in grants to 29 local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations throughout northeast 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:

Brecksville (Cuyahoga County)  $84,261   Purchase a horizontal baler
Broadview Heights (Cuyahoga County) $200,000 Purchase recycling carts and advertising
Canton City Public Health (Stark County) $47,200  Site improvements and signage for recycling center
Carroll/Columbiana/Harrison Solid Waste District $70,000 Community tire events, resource guides for local businesses to Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle, community event outreach
Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) $50,000  Waste & Recycling guide
Cleveland Clinic $75,000 Purchase equipment for plastic recycling program
Cleveland Heights (Cuyahoga County) $200,000 Purchase curbside recycling carts
Cleveland Metroparks $100,000 Purchase a CAT Wheel loader to divert materials from the beach
Cottage Play Systems LLC (Homes County) $200,000  Plastics recycling to be used in poly lumber
Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District $15,057 River cleanup event
Earth N Wood Products Inc. (Stark County) $200,000 Organics recycling
Elyria (Lorain) $78,649 Purchase a Ford Truck, metal box, Brush Bandit chipper for organic material chipping system
Euclid (Cuyahoga County) $90,842  Paving of multi-use trails
Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District $30,000 Community clean-up days, education for drop-off recycling
Hambden Township (Geauga County) $8,000 Community trash day
James A. Garfield Local Schools (Portage County) $10,000 Purchase recycling bins and signs
Keep Euclid Beautiful (Cuyahoga County) $2,508 Litter collection and Keep America Beautiful renewal
Kent State University (Portage County) $94,388 Purchase equipment for Grind2Energy
Lorain County Solid Waste Management District $44,790 Purchase shredder and tagging project
Medina County Sheriff’s Office $13,912 Purchase equipment for cleanup events
Medina Township (Medina County) $98,500 Site improvements to community Super Site
MetroHealth (Cuyahoga County) $75,459 Expansion of recycling program and marketing
Painesville (Lake County) $5,100 Keep Painesville Beautiful signs, outreach for schools and residents, Fall clean-up day
PK Crushing and Materials (Summit County) $200,000 Purchase a portable crushing plant for concrete, asphalt, and topsoil
Rubber City Reuse (Summit County) $1,280 Small scale organics recycling
The Ohio State University – Wooster Campus (Wayne County) $99,987 Purchase equipment for expansion of recycling program and organics recycling
Western Reserve Land Conservancy (Cuyahoga County) $15,339 Community open dumping cleanup supplies
Youngstown (Mahoning County) $24,800  Keep America Beautiful renewal, community litter cleanups, tire drives, and cameras for open dumping
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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