Thirteen organizations received funding to start recycling programs or to buy products made from recycled materials in the first-round of competitive funding offered by the Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District.
The grant program’s main priority is to set up recycling programs for educational institutions, governmental entities or non-profit organizations. Any agency applying must have a recycling program in place in order to apply for funds for products made from recycled material. There is a $10,000 grant award limit on each application and the applicant must match a minimum of 25 percent of the total project cost.
Entities receiving funding include: Allen Township Trustees — $5,000 to purchase fencing, Ballville Township Trustees — $3,823 for recycled plastic parking stops at Conner Park, Calvert Catholic Schools — $4,050 to purchase bleachers and benches made of recycled content, Village of Genoa — $3,125 for recycled plastic playground equipment in the shape of a pirate ship, Lakeside Volunteer Fire Protective Association — $2,950 to purchase cribbing and hose bridges made of recycled content, Main Street Port Clinton — $2,240 for sandwich board signs made of recycled plastic, New Riegel Moose Lodge No. 872 — $1,811 to expand their current recycling program, Ottawa County Visitor's Bureau — $1,475 for new recycled content picnic tables and waste receptacles, City of Port Clinton — $4,335 to purchase picnic tables and a sign made of recycled plastic for Portage Park, Put-in-Bay Township — $4,554 to purchase new recycled plastic picnic tables, benches and a sign to be placed around the township garage, Seneca County Soil & Water Conservation District — $6,908 to purchase benches and interchangeable signs made of recycled content at the Miller Conservation Farm, Tiffin Park & Recreation Department — $5,592 for bleachers made of recycled aluminum and Woodmore Schools Athletic Department — $3,168 for recycled plastic picnic tables.
Amy Drummer, assistant director of the Solid Waste District, administers the grant program and sees the direct benefits to the community.
“These grants provide an opportunity for local organizations to create or expand recycling programs,” said Drummer. “The purchase of recycled products provides the public examples of what types of products can be made from the materials they recycle every day.”
The next funding round deadline for the Competitive Funding Program is June 30. All grant requests for products made of recycled material must contain documentation of a minimum 25 percent recycled content. The grant application is available online, however, grant applicants are required to attend a meeting prior to submitting an application. The purpose of the meeting is to explain what information is needed to properly fill out the grant application form. The next meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 7. The meeting will be located at the District’s Main office, 1875 E. State St., Fremont. Registration for the meeting is required.
To view grant guidelines and application or for recycling information, view the OSS Solid Waste District’s website at www.recycleoss.org or search: Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Green Recycling Scene to become a fan of the District’s Facebook page.