In Memory of Dan Weisenbach 

We are sad to share the news of the passing of Dan Weisenbach, President Of Weisenbach Recycled Projects, and long-time supporter of Keep Ohio Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful.  Many of you may have spoken with Dan at Keep Ohio Beautiful events and programs along with past KAB Conferences or watched him shine as the emcee of our KOB State Awards Program & KAB National Awards Ceremony. He served as President and Board member of Keep Ohio Beautiful and was appointed by the Governor to the ODNR Division of Recycling and Litter Prevention Board on which he served since 1992.

We will fondly remember Dan as an innovative leader in environmental awareness and recycled products and by his fun loving attitude and kindness.

Daniel G. Weisenbach

Dan & Amy



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Keep Ohio Beautiful’s 2016 National Painting Week Ohio
Grant Application – Open until February 29, 2016

Sherwin-Williams is pleased again to announce their partnership with Keep Ohio Beautiful in support of National Painting Week Ohio.  National Painting Week Ohio is designed to provide community groups with supplies enabling them to renew a community structure in need into something beautiful through the application Sherwin-Williams paint along with supporting volunteers.  National Paint Week Ohio begins on April 2016, but the grant-awarded community projects will have through July to complete their projects.  The nine (9) grant awardees, along with their volunteers will be eligible for up to 40 gallons of Sherwin-Williams exterior paint.

The National Painting Week Ohio grant is available to any Keep Ohio/ America Beautiful Certified Affiliate in good standing.  Sherwin-Williams will select winning projects from the applications submitted; private property owners and individual applicants cannot apply.

Applications must meet the following requirements to be considered:

  • One building per application
  • Proof of liability insurance
  • Signed permission to paint from building owner, history of building
  • Two before photos
  • Essay on how this grant will have a positive impact on local community
  • Agreement to provide a final report with “after” photos
  • Must provide project plans (surface-prep plan, safety plan, communication/awareness plan)
  • Must have a local budget of $300 for tools and safety equipment
  • Should include number of volunteers needed to complete project Keep Ohio Beautiful will also provide two of the awardees an additional $200 gift card at the end of the project for community improvement projects, based on reporting and winner of the two criteria; best visual impact and best community revitalization story.
  • Applications must be received by February 29, 2016, and grants will be awarded March 18, 2016  Applications may be submitted electronically or by fax or by mail.  Photos must be submitted electronically. Any additional questions can be answered by Michael Mennett, Keep Ohio Beautiful, at 330-338-8328 or

2016 National Painting Week Introductory Letter
2016 National Painting Week Grant Application
2016 National Painting Week Permission to Paint Form

Ohio EPA Litter Grants Now Open! – Closes February 1

The following competitive grants provide opportunities for communities, local governments, businesses and nonprofit organizations to establish and implement recycling, market development, litter prevention and scrap tire recycling programs.

  • Community Development Grant:  This funding allows Ohio communities to support and expand community recycling and litter prevention efforts.  Grants provide funding for new equipment  infrastructure for collection and materials processing, involving materials such as aluminum, construction and demolition debris, deconstruction material, electronics, glass, paint, paper-based materials, pharmaceuticals, plastics and wood waste. Those eligible to apply include municipal corporations, counties, townships, villages, state colleges or universities, solid waste management districts and authorities, park districts, health districts and state-wide recycling and litter prevention trade associations. The grant requires fifty percent (50%) matching funds to be available.
  • Litter Management Grant:  This program accepts grant applications from Ohio communities and nonprofit organizations to support litter and tire amnesty collection projects. Grant proposals must include an actual cleanup activity to take place on public land or public waterways, and involve the use of volunteers. In addition to local government entities, Keep Ohio Beautiful affiliates, boards of education and nonprofit organizations are also eligible. The grant requires a ten percent (10%) match.
  • Market Development Grant:  These funds are offered to Ohio businesses and nonprofit organizations that propose to create equipment infrastructure for successful markets of recyclable materials and related products. The program seeks proposals involving materials collected or processed in Ohio. Applicants must be sponsored by an eligible governmental agency who will serve as the grant applicant and a pass-through agency for documenting and receiving funds.  The business or nonprofit organization must commit to provide one hundred percent (100%) matching funds.
  • Scrap Tire Grant:  This program provides financial assistance to Ohio’s local government entities and Ohio businesses to convert manufacturing operations to accept scrap tire material, expand tire processing operations, or utilize scrap tire material in civil engineering projects or manufactured products.  Businesses or non-profit organizations may also receive scrap tire market development funding, but must secure a local government sponsor to serve as the grant applicant.  The grant requires a commitment to provide one hundred percent (100%) matching funds.

Grant applications for all programs are due February 1, 2016. Grant awards will be announced in April 2016, with funding available in July 2016.  Additional information can be found at or by contacting Chet Chaney, Environmental Supervisor, Ohio EPA at or by calling (614) 728-0043, or by contacting Marie Barnett, Grants Administrator, Ohio EPA at or by calling (614) 705-1019

2016 RecycleMania is Coming to a Campus Near You!

Basketball isn’t the only competition happening this spring. The 2016 RecycleMania launches in February and students at colleges and universities across the country will be rallying to see who can recycle and reduce the most waste. Are you working with a local campus on litter, recycling or other projects? Are you looking for a new opportunity to engage with a local campus? RecycleMania is a great program to build a relationship and engage students. Affiliates are encouraged to partner with participating campuses or even reach out to those who haven’t in the past.

You can also learn more about RecycleMania by visiting Contact Alec Cooley to discuss opportunities to recruit and partner with campuses as part of RecycleMania this spring.

Transform Your Space with These Epic Green Mini-Makeovers

Check out this article about Simple Ways to Green Your Home written for us by Modernize.





Do you have any community eyesores? How many times have you passed by a litter-strewn park or graffiti-splashed building and wished it would go away? Perhaps it’s the local playground plagued with garbage or maybe a recycling effort needs a jump-start. Whatever the concern, a solution is just around the corner. All it takes is someone to say “enough is enough” and work with community members to eliminate the problem. It’s a great way to improve your local community and be one of the millions of volunteers involved in the Great American Cleanup!

Visit the Calendar of Events for More Information on How to become involved in Ohio’s Great American Cleanups!

Our Focus Areas

Studies have shown that a beautified community translates into a safe, healthy community and improves quality of life. Projects supported by Keep Ohio Beautiful encompass the three focus areas described below and include creating community gardens, preventing and cleaning up litter and graffiti, recycling and waste reduction.
Litter Prevention

In 2014, KOB and its affiliates removed 4,420,421 pounds of litter and debris from Ohio’s landscape.

Why It’s Needed:
While litter prevention campaigns have helped improve the litter picture over the past 40 years, it remains a significant and costly problem for communities and businesses. The Ohio Department of Transportation, for example, spends nearly $4.5 million every year to clean up our state roadways.

Litter also lowers assessed property values, drives away homebuyers and hinders business development.

How KOB Helps:  
We identify the causes of litter and reduce its impact by organizing cleanups and promoting proper waste handling in our communities.

Waste Reduction and Recycling

10,844,222 pounds of solid waste kept out of landfills in 2014.

Why It’s Needed:
Recycling creates more jobs than landfills and incineration. Recycling conserves our natural resources, saves landfill space, conserves energy, and reduces water pollution, air pollution and the green house gas emissions that cause global warming.

How KOB Helps:
We help reduce the impact of solid waste in our communities through integrated programs and education about responsible consumerism, source reduction, reuse, and recycling, and landfills, composting and waste-to-energy technologies.

Beautification and Community Greening

Approximately 184,258 Ohio residents were touched through Keep Ohio Beautiful and its affiliates’ programs in 2014.

Why It’s Needed:
Community greening improves quality of life, lowers crime and engages citizens. Buildings with high levels of greenery had 48% fewer property crimes and 56% fewer violent crimes, according to the 2009 National Visible Litter Survey and Litter Cost Study, commissioned by Keep America Beautiful.

How KOB Helps:
We improve the visual aspects of our communities through programs that beautify and naturally clean our environment – creating community gardens, restoring vacant lots, beautifying highways and shorelines, urban forests, planting native flora, and preventing and abating graffiti.