Recipients from Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, and Morrow counties
Ohio EPA is awarding more than $873,800 this year in grants to 14 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 $5 million in grant funding to 89 recipients, with $3.2 million 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 last year to prioritize and promote the conversation around litter in Ohio.
Projects approved for funding (rounded down to the nearest dollar) include:
|Bexley (Franklin County)||$15,935||Recycling cart contamination tagging|
|Columbus (Franklin County)||$90,575||Outreach and education materials, clean-up supplies, and Keep America Beautiful renewal|
|Columbus Recreation and Parks Department (Franklin County)||$39,186>||Jazz & Rib Fest festival-wide recycling program, replacing plastic beer cups with aluminum cups, and recycling stations|
|Columbus State Community College (Franklin County)||$99,924||Purchase 50 new recycling stations across campus|
|Delaware (Delaware County)||$200,000||Purchase a side loading recycling truck and education/outreach materials|
|Franklin County Board of Commissioners sponsoring Decker Construction||$200,000||Purchase ASTEC Prosizer 3600 portable crushing and screening plant|
|Franklin County Auditor’s Office||$8,000||Paper and electronics community recycling event|
|Franklin County Municipal Court||$12,000||Litter and tire collection events|
|Grandview Heights (Franklin County)||$37,760||Purchase 35-gallon plastic recycling containers|
|Hero USA (Franklin County)||$20,000||Advertising, education and outreach, generator, shipping container, and city permit for litter clean-up event|
|Keep Ohio Beautiful (Statewide)||$80,000||Litter collection and special venues|
|Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action Agency (Fairfield County)||$15,000||Tire amnesty events|
|Licking County Recycling||$37,708||Purchase a pick-up truck for recycling events|
|Morrow County Commissioners||$17,741||Outreach and education, Keep America Beautiful renewal|
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.