7/28/21
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Ohio EPA Grants $1.2 Million for Recycling and Litter Prevention in Central Ohio

Recipients from Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Knox, Madison, Morrow, and Union counties 

Ohio EPA is awarding more than $1.2 million this year in grants to 18 local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations throughout central 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 $269,766 specifically for community and litter prevention programs.

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:

     
180 Demo (Franklin County)  $26,269   Drywall recycling
Columbus Crew SC (Franklin County) $71,107 Purchase compactor, baler, and containers for recycling
Columbus Outdoor Pursuits (Franklin County) $2,060  River cleanup
Decker Construction Company (Franklin County) $184,599 Recycled road construction waste and fly ash
Delaware General Health District $2,532  Litter collection and Keep America Beautiful renewal
Dublin City Schools – Dublin Jerome High School (Franklin County) $69,646 Purchase equipment for Grind2Energy
Econopia LLC (Madison County) $200,000 Organics recycling
Final Third Foundation (Franklin County) $9,839 Recycling for soccer club
Franklin County Municipal Court $12,000  Community clean-ups
Genoa Township (Delaware County) $60,000 Purchase curbside recycling carts
Keep Ohio Beautiful (Statewide) $80,000 Litter collection and special venues
Knox County Recycling & Litter Prevention $3,750 River clean-up
Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action Agency (Fairfield County) $10,000 Tire amnesty events
Liberty Tire Services (Franklin County) $300,000 Purchase a rasper and conveyors
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (Franklin County) $3,000 Summit on Sustainability
Morrow County Commissioners $8,870 Outreach and education, Keep America Beautiful renewal
North Central Ohio Solid Waste District (Union County) $100,000 Purchase a Mack roll-off truck
The Ohio State University (Franklin County) $100,000 Expansion and improvement of recycling program at Wexner Medical Center
     

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.

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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. 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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