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Ohio EPA Awarding Grant to ORSANCO to Support Ohio River Sweep
Ohio EPA is supporting the annual Ohio River Sweep in 2017 with a recycling and litter prevention grant to the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, better known as ORSANCO.
ORSANCO organizes the annual cleanup event that removes trash and debris along the entire length of the Ohio River and many of its tributaries, covering nearly 3,000 miles of shoreline from Pittsburgh to Cairo, Ill., including 14 Ohio counties bordering the river.
ORSANCO draws thousands of volunteers for the event through promotional efforts and partnering with state and local agencies in its member states. In Ohio, partnering agencies include Ohio EPA, Keep Ohio Beautiful affiliates and solid waste management districts in communities along the river.
The next Ohio River Sweep will be held June 17, 2017. Ohio EPA’s director is planning to join volunteers at a cleanup site. About 11,000 people volunteered in 2016.
The cleanup annually collects and disposes or recycles more than 500 tons of litter, including scrap tires and post-consumer plastics such as soda and water bottles.
The $20,000 grant is being matched by ORSANCO. The grant will help fund promotional brochures and posters, cleanup materials including gloves and trash bags, and T-shirts for volunteers in Ohio.
The Ohio River is an important asset, providing drinking water to more than 1.2 million people in Ohio, and is heavily used for recreation and commerce.
Ohio EPA’s grants provide opportunities for communities, local governments, businesses and nonprofit organizations to establish and implement recycling, market development, litter prevention and scrap tire programs. For additional information about the grant program, contact Chet Chaney at Ohio EPA at (614) 728-0043, or visit 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.