Local Communities Receive EPA Grants

Several local communities have received grants from the Ohio EPA for litter cleanups, recycling and tire collections.

The agency awarded $527,670 in grants. Local governments that receive litter collection and prevention grants will incorporate litter collection events, community awareness programing or opportunities for residents to properly dispose of scrap tires.  In addition, all local cleanup efforts involve the work of volunteers.

Grant recipients include:

  • Youngstown, $41,225
  • Yellow Creek Township in Columbiana County, $5,000
  • Struthers, $6,000
  • Keep Ohio Beautiful program in Mahoning County, $2,500

In addition, Weathersfield Township received a $250,000 Recycling Market Development Grant from the Ohio EPA. It was one of 13 projects funded, and was one of four $250,000 grants awarded.

The Market Development Grants will assist in a variety of recycling programs, including construction and debris recycling, manufacturing and processing recycling, organic recycling and material recovery facilities, according to the Ohio EPA website.

The township will use the money to buy two wheel loaders, an excavator and a sort line for construction and demolition debris. The township will share the money with Kurtz Bros. Inc.

Grants were awarded based on financial need of the applicant, demonstration of positive economic and environmental impact regionally or statewide, assurances that the project will accomplish stated goals and availability of grant funds. The funding will become available on July 1.

Businesses and nonprofit groups were eligible for funding, but each group needed to be sponsored by a public entity, such as a municipal corporation, county, township or solid waste management district.

Grant recipients have 12 months to complete the projects and must have a 50 percent cash match. Funding comes from fees generated when building materials and demolished structures are disposed at construction and demolition debris landfills.

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