Through the years, the District has provided grant funding to local communities to support residential solid waste reduction programs. Grants have included: the Residential Recycling Grant; the Capital Equipment and Projects Grant; and the Buy Recycled Grant. Currently, the only grant funding available is the Residential Recycling Grant.
Residential Recycling Grant
- Every local government entity, along with Bowling Green State University (BGSU), is eligible to receive support for an ongoing residential recycling collection program. The amount of funds awarded is based on the current federal census for the respective jurisdictions and the on-campus student population for BGSU. The amount awarded is currently set at $1.00 per person.
- Local governments may combine their funds to pay for services (example: A village and two or three townships may combine to pay a group to collect recyclables at a central drop-off point).
- To receive funding, collection of as many residential recyclables as possible must be done at least once per month (or more). Collection can be at a central drop-off point or curbside. In addition, the governmental entity must also submit an official resolution whereby the local government agrees or disagrees with the current solid waste management plan.
- Ongoing funding requires the collection to be maintained and all annual reports to be submitted by March 31 as required by the Solid Waste Management District. This includes a report on the items and volumes recycled from the residential recycling program as well as other information that may be required by the Solid Waste Management District. If these reports are not filed by the deadline, the jurisdiction will not qualify for current year funding.
- Residential recycling collection grants may change from the $1.00 per person amount depending on available funds.
Ohio EPA Litter Prevention & Recycling Grants
Since 1995, the District has worked closely with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Recycling & Litter Prevention to secure nearly $3,000,000.00 in state level grant funding in support of local recycling and waste reduction programs. Beginning in 2012, oversight of this program shifted to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
Grants available include: the Community Recycling Grant; the Market Development Grant; and the Litter Collection & Prevention Grant.
Community Recycling Grant: The Community Recycling Grant program provides financial assistance to Ohio local governments that propose to design and establish projects involved in the collection and processing of recyclable materials.
Market Development Grant: The Market Development program offers grant funds to Ohio businesses that propose to create the infrastructure necessary for successful markets of recyclable materials and related products.
Litter Collection & Prevention Grant: The Litter Collection and Prevention Grant program offers funding to Ohio communities to implement litter collection and prevention and tire amnesty programs. In addition, the grant program may support the development and continuation of Keep Ohio Beautiful (KOB) communities and their efforts to prevent litter.
For more information on funding and eligibility criteria or to download an application, visit http://epa.ohio.gov/dmwm/Home/Grants.aspx
The Wood County Solid Waste Management District is available to assist with this grant process. Please contact us at 419-354-9297.