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Keep America Beautiful Encourages Americans to Join the Effort
to Recycle More, Recycle Right and Pledge to Recycle!
Recycling innovation and partnership are themes of this year’s America Recycles Day®, a Keep America Beautiful® national program that takes place on and
surrounding Nov. 15.
Local organizations, including the Keep America Beautiful national network of more than 600 community-based affiliates, governmental institutions, schools, businesses, faith-based organizations and other community partners, schedule educational workshops and recycling collection events in communities throughout November in celebration of America Recycles Day.
Keep America Beautiful, in concert with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a series of initiatives from Monday, Nov. 11, through Friday, Nov. 15, highlighting how all Americans from the business community to our armed services are banding together to recycle more and recycle right.
Available online and via paper pledges at America Recycles Day events across
the country, the #BeRecycled Pledge is a promise to actively choose to:
• Recycle at home, work/school and on the go;
• Buy products made with recycled content; and
• Educate and encourage friends, family and neighbors to take the #BeRecycled Pledge.
Event organizers can still access valuable resources to plan, promote, and host an event on the America Recycles Day website. Events can still be scheduled leading into the official America Recycles Day celebration, Nov. 15, and throughout the month of November. For recycling educators, the program provides an opportunity to improve recycling by reminding individuals what can be recycled in their local communities.

Ohio EPA will be accepting online applications
for recycling & litter prevention grants beginning

November 4th, 2019 and closing on February 7th, 2020.

  • New for 2020! Academic Institution Grant

We are happy to announce we have added a new category for Academic Institutions. Public and private K-12 schools, colleges and universities are eligible to receive funding for recycling efforts as well as outreach and education, recycling equipment and conference sponsorships. Grantees have 12 months to complete the project, with a required 25% match with the exception of paving projects (GTR and RAS) that require 100% match.

We have replaced the face-to-face grant kick-off meeting and added two grant information webinars on November 6th, 2019 and January 8th, 2020, to explain the 2020 grant application process.  

Also attached are our 2020 Recycling and Litter Prevention General Grant Program Fact Sheet along with specific factsheets for each program.

You can also find out more information about our program by visiting our webpage at https://epa.ohio.gov/ocapp/recycling. In the meantime, information for our next round of applications (2020 grant cycle) is as follows:

  • Grant applications submitted online only
  • Online Grant Application Opens: Nov. 4, 2019
  •       2020 Grant Informational Webinar: Nov. 6, 2019


  • 2020 Grant Informational Webinar (same as the Nov. 2019, but with updates): Jan. 8, 2020


  • Online Grant Application Closes: Feb. 7, 2020 @ 3:00pm
  • The application process for this program is highly competitive
  • If awarded, funding will be available on July 1, 2020

The online grant applications are due February 7, 2020. Instructions on how to apply can be found at https://ohioepa.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2934.    

The grant programs available include the following opportunities for communities, local governments, academic institutions, businesses nonprofit organizations, and state agencies and departments to establish and implement recycling, market development, litter prevention and scrap tire recycling programs.

·       Community and Litter Grant

Local governments can receive funding to purchase equipment for the collection and processing of recyclables and construction demolition debris. Communities and non-profit organizations can also receive funding to implement litter collection events, outreach and education as well as tire amnesty programs (tire amnesty programs require a minimum $0.50/tire collection fee). Grantees have 12 months to complete the project requiring a 25% percent match.

·       Market Development Grant

This grant provides opportunities for businesses, manufacturers and material processors to create or expand recycling processing capacity and recycled material production. Funding is available for equipment specifically needed to remanufacture recyclable materials into bulk raw material or finished product. To be eligible for this grant, the applicant must have a government sponsor. Grant funds are reimbursed only after project completion through the government sponsor. Grantees have 24 months to complete the project with a required 100% match.

·       Scrap Tire Grant

This grant program offers funding for businesses, manufacturers and material processors to create or expand scrap tire processing capacity and product manufacturing. Funds are also available for beneficial use projects that incorporate the use of ground tire rubber and recycled asphalt shingles. Business applicants must have a government sponsor. Grant funds for business applicants are reimbursed only after project completion through the government sponsor. Grantees have 24 months to complete the project and require a 100% match.

Again grant applications for all programs are due February 7, 2020. Grant awards will be announced in April 2020, with funding available in July 2020. 


Keep Ohio Beautiful Annual Report 
Please enjoy our 2018 Keep Ohio Beautiful Annual Report.  Click Here