|Van Wert among Ohio EPA grant winners for recycling and litter prevention|
|Wednesday, May 14, 2014 8:00 PM|
VAN WERT — Ohio EPA is awarding nearly $1.5 million in grant funding to help 25 communities strengthen local recycling and litter prevention efforts.
Van Wert Solid Waste District will receive $14,098.
“Investing in community recycling programs protects our environment, saves valuable landfill space and strengthens our economy,” said Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler.
The grants will develop five curbside programs, address logistical issues with two commercial recycling programs, provide more efficient equipment to four material recovery facilities (MRFs), and offer financial resources to numerous litter education and special venue projects.
By creating or expanding a curbside recycling program, the primary focus is to protect Ohio’s environment by reusing material, saving the energy that would have been used to make new material, preserving landfill space, and supporting important jobs in the recycling, processing and hauling business.
The Community Recycling and Litter Prevention Grant provides financial assistance to communities based on need, the demonstration of positive economic and environment impacts regionally or statewide and the potential for permanent service that does not need assistance from outside funding. Grant communities must commit 50 percent local matching funds.
For additional information about the grant program, contact Ohio EPA at (614) 644-2873 or www.recycleohio.gov.