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April 2007

Ohio partnership receives $299,581 for waste reduction

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Ohio State University, Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio and other Columbus-area partners a $299,581 grant for a waste reduction project.

Dubbed the Partnership for Industrial Ecology in Central Ohio, the group is working to transform waste into valuable commodities such as metals, plastics and alternative fuels. The goal is a 15 percent reduction in waste disposal to landfills by 2012, or avoiding 150,000 tons of waste per year. EPA’s funding will support development of a software tool kit for consideration of regional economic, environmental and social impacts.

This project has the potential to be a model for public-private partnerships in other United States communities for years to come. Results will be shared through websites, educational materials and public meetings.

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