COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio EPA is awarding nearly $500,000 in grant funding to 40 communities to support and implement litter cleanups and tire amnesty programs.
Local governments will use these monies to fund litter collection events, community awareness programming or to create free opportunities for residents to get rid of scrap tires. All local cleanup efforts will involve the work of volunteers.
Locally, Guernsey County is among the communities awarded funding, receiving a $27,000 grant. The Guernsey County Community Development Corporation (CDC), in cooperation with the City of Cambridge, was instrumental in writing the grant application to obtain the funds for the county, as well as providing matching funds for the local grant, which will be used to assist in the collection of scrap tires county-wide. The Jefferson/Belmont Regional Solid Waste Authority received some of the EPA funding as well, in the amount of $5,640.
The Litter Cleanup and Tire Amnesty Grant program requires a 10 percent match and is available to local governments, park or health districts, state colleges or universities, solid waste authorities or Keep America Beautiful communities. For additional information about the grant program, contact Ohio EPA at 614.644.2873, or visit www.recycleohio.gov .