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JuLY 2007

Grants awarded to support recycling efforts

A total of $318,337 in College and University Recycling & Waste Reduction Program funds has been awarded to nine Ohio public colleges and universities.

The money will help these institutions develop or expand their campus recycling and waste reduction programs, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Recycling & Litter Prevention.

The colleges and universities receiving funds have proposed to set up or expand campus-wide recycling of numerous materials, perform campus waste audits, recycle at special events and implement waste reduction projects.

All Ohio public colleges and universities were eligible for this competitive funding. Each recipient will provide a 50 percent match, based on the funding amount awarded.

Grant recipients are:

  • The Ohio State University in Franklin County received $31,900 for special recycling containers to be used at home football games.
  • The University of Akron in Summit County was awarded $12,900 for the purchase of containers to conduct campus-wide recycling.
  • Youngstown State University in Mahoning County received $4,200 to expand the food waste composting pilot project at its main dining hall.
  • Bowling Green State University in Wood County was awarded $60,000 to expand campus-wide recycling for paper, plastic, cardboard and aluminum.
  • Owens Community College in Wood County was awarded $50,000 to expand their current recycling program with the purchase of bins and material-handling equipment.
  • Ohio University in Athens County was awarded $50,000 to purchase and install solar panels to power its food waste in-vessel composting project.
  • Shawnee State University in Scioto County received $30,000 to launch a new, campus-wide recycling program.
  • Miami University in Butler County was awarded $31,689 to expand special event recycling.
  • Wright State University in Greene County received $47,648 to expand classroom and facility recycling. Recycling will be established in 100 classrooms and 33 campus locations.