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Grants Program to Advance Central Ohio as Leader in Waste Reduction, Recycling

The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio is seeking applicants for the Community Waste Reduction (CWR) Grant Program, a competitive grant program that is open to all non-profits and government organizations in Franklin County.

In order to qualify, the applying organization must establish programs and projects that address the unique waste reduction and recycling needs of central Ohio communities as well as meet all of the criteria outlined in the program information and application. Projects should emphasize partnership building and collaboration, and address opportunities to leverage the waste stream for community benefit.

SWACO has offered a grants program for many years however, beginning in 2014, SWACO renewed its focus on building collaboration and partnerships which impact and improve the entire waste stream, ultimately recycling and diverting more waste from the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill (FCSL). As a result, the revised Community Waste Reduction Grant Program now seeks proposals that demonstrate how effectively and efficiently the initiative or program will help SWACO achieve its strategic goal to improve waste diversion and recycling through one of the following:

• Waste Reduction and Re-Use
• Recycling
• Organic Waste/Food Waste Diversion
• Outreach, Education & Awareness

Each year Franklin County landfills approximately one million tons of waste. Nearly seventy-percent of that waste could be recycled, composted or diverted by some other manner.

Recycling and reducing waste have greater community benefit than landfilling. They support our local economy and contribute to a healthier environment by reducing costs as a cheaper alternative to landfilling, conserving natural resources, and supporting local job creation in an emerging industry.

“Franklin County’s recycling rate currently stands at about 32-percent,” said Kyle O’Keefe, Director of Innovations and Programs. “While that is commendable, we believe that Franklin County residents are ready for more robust recycling options. SWACO’s grant program presents the community with an opportunity to collaborate with partners to innovate new ways and enhance existing waste recycling efforts and increase Franklin County’s rate of recycling.”

Applications are due by July 15, 2016 at 5 pm and will be awarded in September 2016. Visit http://www.swaco.org/Communities/Grant_Program.aspx for complete details on eligibility and to download an application.