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Competitively Awarded Grants to Reduce Waste and Increase Diversion 


SWACO is working hard to make central Ohio a leader by turning up the volume on issues involving diversion and waste reduction, and provide program grants to put it into action.

Currently, between 60 to 70-percent of the waste that is generated by Franklin County residence could be recycled.  Beginning in 2014, SWACO renewed its focus on building collaboration and partnerships which impact and improve the entire waste stream to ultimately recycle and divert more waste from the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill (FCSL). As a result, SWACO’s Grants Program is a competitive grant program designed to promote recycling and waste reduction projects within Franklin County.

SWACO's Grants Program is comprised of two individual grants.  The Community Waste Reduction Grant and the Event Waste Reduction Grant are available to support the recycling efforts of local non-profit, governmental partners, and local event and festival organizers by providing financial support to help offset the costs of these efforts. In return, SWACO requires grantees to document and measure the project impacts, report results to enhance waste reduction and recycling opportunities in central Ohio and contribute to SWACO’s data collection.  

In 2016, SWACO's Grant Programs provided $111,000 in funding to six local events, three communities and four non-profits.

Currently these grants are offered during different grant cycles.  Please read below for more details on both grant programs. 

The goal of the CWR Grant Program is to maintain and improve Franklin County’s recycling rate of 45-percent by funding innovative projects that address unique community waste reduction needs and have the ability to be modeled throughout central Ohio. Eligible applicants for the grant program include local government entities, including but not limited to public schools, universities and parks, and non-profit organizations located in Franklin County. 

Six grants were awarded to local communities for the 2016 to 2017 award cycle: City of Bexley, Ohio History Connection, Goodwill Columbus, Mid Ohio Foodbank, City of Westerville and Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging.

For more information on the 2016-2017 Award Cycle, click here.  
‚ÄčThe EWR Grant Program seeks to assist local event organizers reduce event-generated waste and divert as much as possible from the landfill. In addition, these grants also assist event organizers -build the infrastructure needed to sustain these efforts and contribute to a safe and healthy community for all Franklin County residents for many years.

Funding for diversion activities resulted in nearly 27 tons of event-generated waste being diverted away from the landfill at these events: BREAD Festival, Columbus Arts Festival, Columbus Food Truck and Cart Festival, Dublin Irish Festival, Green Columbus’ Earth Day Event at Columbus Commons, and Rock on the Range at MAPFRE Stadium.

For more information on the 2017-2018 Award Cycle, click here