The Board of Directors for the Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District (SWMD) is pleased to announce $400,000 in Community Grants have been funded through grant programs offered by the District.
Over $77,000 was awarded for Go Green Community Grants. These grants are offered to local government (townships, cities, villages, counties), schools, and nonprofit organizations to initiate or expand recycling, to purchase recycling or waste containers, to purchase items made from recycled content materials, to perform cleanup activities, or to conduct an approved demonstration project.
Over $170,000 was awarded for Drop-off Improvement Grants (DIG). These grants provide funds to local governments (townships, villages, cities and counties), schools and other entities that host one of the over 40 district-sponsored recycling drop-off sites. Funds assist with needed repairs and improvements to these drop-off sites including concrete, gravel, fencing, security cameras, etc.. These sites provide convenient locations for residents to bring their bottles, cans, paper, cardboard, etc. for recycling.
Over $150,000 was awarded for Scrap Tire Grants. These grants provide funding to local governments (townships, villages, and cities) to host community tire collections. These collections allow residents to drop off unwanted, used tires for proper disposal and recycling.
While Americans continue to value and demand recycling as an essential public service, budget constraints at the local level limit what services individual communities can offer. “We’re here to improve recycling infrastructure and increase recycling opportunities for everyone in the District. These grants help local governments provide more and better recycling options to their residents”, says James Dvorak, Chairperson of the Geauga-Trumbull SWMD Board of Directors.
Some notable funded projects:
Champion Local Schools – Go Green Grant – $2637 for a hands-on garden and composting system for their outdoor learning center
Kiwanis Club of West Geauga – Go Green Grant – $3,500 for a cardboard reuse shed, encouraging reuse of cardboard boxes while they are in good condition
Newton Township- DIG – $15,000 for a new concrete pad, fencing, lighting and signage
Parkman Township – DIG – $6,352 for security cameras to combat illegal dumping at their recycling site
About Geauga-Trumbull SWMD
The Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District, created in 1993, is responsible for implementing the Ohio EPA’s solid waste goals for waste reduction, recycling, and reducing reliance on landfills. Funding for the District is received through contract fees with landfills and transfer stations receiving waste from Geauga and Trumbull County residents and businesses. The District provides programs and services that include drop-off recycling locations, litter cleanups, special collections for household hazardous waste, electronics, scrap tires, and appliances, and other environmental programs. Visit our website at www.GottaGoGreen.org or follow us on Facebook.