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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
||Litter collection and tire amnesty
|Carroll/Columbiana/Harrison Solid Waste District
||Community tire events, resource guides for local businesses to Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle, community event outreach
|Gallia Soil and Water Conservation District (Gallia County)
||Road cleanup and county disposal day
|Guernsey County Community Development Corporation
|| Countywide cleanup
|Habitat for Humanity Southeast Ohio (Athens County)
||Purchase two forklifts
|Jackson County Health Department
|Keep Ohio Beautiful
||Litter collection and special venues
|Lawrence-Scioto County Solid Waste Management District
||Tire amnesty events
|Meigs County Health Department
||Combined tire and litter collection event
|Morgan County Farm Bureau
||Tire collection day
|Roseville (Muskingum and Perry counties)
||Purchase recycling totes
|Ross County Litter Control & Recycling
|| Public service announcements for environmental stewardship and solid waste
|Rural Action Inc. (Athens and Hocking counties)
|SouthEastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management District
|Vinton County Health Department
||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.
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.