Recipients from Auglaize, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Marion, Mercer, Ottawa, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Williams, and Wyandot counties

Ohio EPA is awarding more than $1.5 million this year in grants to 23 local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations throughout northwest 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:

Auglaize County Solid Waste Management District  $56,294  Purchase a skid loader and advertisement for material recovery facility
Barnes Nursery, Inc. (Erie County)$200,000Organics recycling
Cleanlites Recycling (Fulton County)$200,000 Aerosol can recycling
Defiance County Environmental Services$15,000Adopt a Highway signs, school presentations, recycling containers for community containers
Friends of Lucas County Children Services$35,000 Playground paving
Goodwill Industries of Erie, Huron, Ottawa, and Sandusky counties)$20,172Purchase a foam densifier
Harding Township (Lucas County)$2,400Township cleanup day
Henry County Solid Waste$50,000Scrap tire recovery program
Lucas County Solid Waste Management District$200,000Purchase bin and screens for Material Recovery Facility
Marion County Recycling and Litter Prevention$1,000Keep America Beautiful renewal, T-shirts, totes, and advertising for litter clean up event
Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity (Lucas County)$39,500Purchase a box truck for recycled donations
Mercer County Solid Waste Management District$4,424 Roadway littler cleanup
North End Community Improvement Collaborative (Richland County)$39,142Organics composting
Ottawa/Sandusky/Seneca Solid Waste District$31,040Tire amnesty events
Recycle Services, LLC (Lucas County)$200,000Glass recycling
Richland County Regional Solid Waste Management Authority$30,400Purchase a recycling trailer
Toledo Christian Schools (Lucas County)$4,198Purchase bins, containers, and Republic Services
Toledo Environmental Services$64,000Household hazardous waste and tire collection events
Triangular Processing Inc. (Fulton County)$62,241Purchase a truck, trailers, forklift, bins, hoppers, and forklift attachment
University of Cincinnati (Hamilton County)$30,000Purchase Ergo recycling cans
University of Findlay (Hancock County)$48,597Purchase a skid steer, cardboard baler, cardboard trailers, and marketing materials
Williams County Health Department$25,000Tire amnesty events
Wyandot County Solid Waste Management District $162,507Purchase a high compaction read loader truck
Keep Ohio Beautiful (Statewide)$80,000Litter collection and special venues