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In keeping with its mission to improve Franklin County’s solid waste stream, SWACO has awarded $201,873.31 in competitive grant funding to 15 community projects to implement or improve waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting activities.
The projects include installing refillable water bottle stations in central Ohio’s largest school district, putting recycling sorting stations in facilities that serve the public, supporting permanent community drop-off locations for food waste, and enhancing an app that connects organizations that have available food with organizations that need it.
“Interestingly, more than half of the projects this year aim to reduce residential or commercially generated food waste,” said Ty Marsh, executive director at SWACO. “This is a change from previous years and reflects our community’s growing interest in and commitment to reducing food waste.”
The announcement of SWACO’s grant awards follows information released earlier this year documenting that food waste is the top item, by weight, thrown away in Franklin County and presents one of the biggest opportunities to divert more waste from the landfill.
In addition to SWACO’s financial award, the grant program leverages an additional $127,265.07 in matching funds from grantees for a total investment of more than $329,000 by the community toward waste composting, recycling and waste reduction projects.
The following is a list of the 2020 Community Waste Reduction Grant recipients:
Food Waste Reduction and Composting Projects
Waste Reduction and/or Reuse Projects
Grant projects must be completed on or before December 31, 2020.
Schools, non-profits and community and governmental partners interested in applying for a 2021 Community Waste Reduction Grant are invited to apply before August 28th at 5 pm. For more information, click here.