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In 2016, SWACO launched the Community Waste Reduction (CWR) Grant Program, which supports the waste reduction and materials diversion efforts of local organizations by providing financial support to offset the costs of innovative programs. We want to showcase the opportunities the program has provided non-profits, governmental partners, schools and parks around central Ohio to increase their impact through recycling and sustainable waste diversion efforts.
In late September, we introduced the first of six videos highlighting the exciting ways these organizations are working to make Columbus a cleaner and better place. In the first video, we feature Franklinton Cycle Works and how the grant program has helped the organization dramatically increase its ability to transport scrap materials to the recycling facility and ensure the recyclable materials don’t end up in the landfill. Check it out here!
Franklinton Cycle Works aims to educate the region about the personal, environmental, social and physical benefits of biking. The organization accepts donated bicycles from around the area and either restores them to be given to homeless or low-income residents through its Earn-a-Bike program or strips the bikes down and recycles materials that cannot be reused.
Since receiving the grant, Franklinton Cycle Works has diverted 4,000 pounds of materials from the landfill and has restored 500 bikes that are now being used to provide affordable and sustainable transportation for those in need.
Our latest video was released earlier this month, and features Otterbein University’s new water bottle filling stations, a result of the university’s CWR grant from SWACO. Don’t miss it!