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SWACO awards $70,000 in sustainability grants

The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) is awarding nearly $70,000 in grants to support sustainability initiatives of local governments, organizations, schools and non-profit agencies located within SWACO’s district. This year’s award winners are: the City of Westerville, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Grove City Parks and Recreation, Grange Insurance Audubon Center, Habitat for Humanity, Hilliard Environmental Sustainability Commission, Prairie Township Fire Department, St. Joseph Montessori School, Washington Township, and Worthington Services Department.

The grants are funded through a $5 per ton generation fee applied to solid waste generated in this district. Grants awarded support SWACO’s missions and principals and are reviewed by a grants committee and are approved by SWACO’s executive director. Many of the grants help fund projects that will increase recycling and decrease the reliance on the landfill. Other funded projects include the purchase of products made from recycled goods.

“We are excited to be able to help support these wonderful sustainability initiatives. We are using the backdrop of tomorrow being America Recycles Day, to gain recognition and remind people there are many ways they can play a role in reducing their carbon footprint,” said SWACO Executive Director Ronald J. Mills.

The SWACO grants are open to agencies and groups like governments, schools, and tax exempt charities for a wide variety of green projects. Eligible programs include waste-reduction, education and awareness and purchase of recycled products.

“We’re committed to being a leading public library and a community leader in promoting environmental sustainability. In 2009 we established a Green Team with that goal in mind. We are honored to receive this grant that will help us expand our efforts by giving our customers the opportunity to recycle easily in our locations,” said Columbus Metropolitan Library CEO Patrick Losinski.