7/28/21
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Ohio EPA Grants $480,000 for Recycling and Litter Prevention to Southeast Ohio

Recipients from Adams, Athens, Carroll, Clermont, Columbiana, Gallia, Guernsey, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Morgan, Muskingum, Scioto, and Vinton counties

Ohio EPA is awarding more than $480,000 this year in grants to 15 local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations throughout southeast 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
Carroll/Columbiana/Harrison Solid Waste District $70,000 Community tire events, resource guides for local businesses to Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle, community event outreach
Gallia Soil and Water Conservation District (Gallia County) $15,000  Road cleanup and county disposal day
Guernsey County Community Development Corporation $40,000  Countywide cleanup
Habitat for Humanity Southeast Ohio (Athens County) $20,000  Purchase two forklifts
Jackson County Health Department $30,000 Tire amnesty
Keep Ohio Beautiful $80,000 Litter collection and special venues
Lawrence-Scioto County Solid Waste Management District $12,535 Tire amnesty events
Meigs County Health Department $12,330  Combined tire and litter collection event
Morgan County Farm Bureau $7,500 Tire collection day
Roseville (Muskingum and Perry counties) $20,364  Purchase recycling totes
Ross County Litter Control & Recycling $7,825  Public service announcements for environmental stewardship and solid waste
Rural Action Inc. (Athens and Hocking counties) $63,501 Organic composting
SouthEastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management District  $68,635 Recycling trailers
Vinton County Health Department $4,179  Countywide cleanup days, roadside clean-up, recycling campaign
     

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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