Ohio EPA awards $180,000 in recycling education grants to five Ohio counties

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is distributing $180,000 in grants to Athens-Hocking, Mahoning, Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca Counties’ solid waste management districts to improve education around recycling.

The program, in collaboration with the nonprofit, The Recycling Partnership, aims to help communities invest in public education about recycling and to improve recycling drop-off locations.

“The goal is to decrease the amount of trash that is being put into the recycling stream and increase how much recyclable material is recovered in Ohio,” said Nichole Lemin, Chief of the Division of Materials and Waste Management at the Ohio EPA.

The grant funds will be used by solid waste management districts primarily to educate about recycling, something Lemin said residents sometimes struggle with.

“In general, [people don’t know] the types of materials that they can recycle,” she said. “I would recommend that folks visit their solid waste management district website to get the most accurate and current information on what their local district is accepting for recyclable materials.”

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