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Waste & recycling grant

Posted: Thursday, Jul 31st, 2014

Does your organization want to go “green” and help to keep refuse out of the landfill? The Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department (OCSWMD) is announcing the final Waste Reduction/ Recycling Grants for 2014. The grants of up to $2,000 are available to Ogle County businesses, schools, municipalities, churches, scout groups, and non-profit organizations wishing to establish or improve on waste reduction and recycling programs and services.

Applicants must provide a 20% match of the total project cost and the deadline for applications is October 3, 2014.

So far for 2014, a total of $3,000 has been distributed from OCSWMD for the purchase of recycling bins for two county schools and for a collection system for textile recycling for a local non-profit organization.

Based on results from the 2013 Recycling Survey, Ogle county residents, businesses, and other entities recycled approximately 37% of the municipal waste generated in the county. This is an admirable effort but more can be done. The OCSWMD asks what your organization can do to reduce waste, increase recycling, and reduce reliance on landfills.

The application for the grant is simple and flexible. Businesses could use grant funds to help purchase waste reduction and recycling materials and equipment, such as collection bins, carts, balers, and storage containers. Also consider sustainable packaging instead of disposable packaging for products and supplies, or starting a composting program if you are in the restaurant business.

Schools may seek funds for special projects that will further a student’s understanding of how to reduce the amount of trash sent to the landfill. The requests may be for materials and equipment, such as recycling bins/ carts, videos, books, worm bins, composters, or a dishwasher so disposable plastic ware and Styrofoam trays can be replaced with reusable silverware and plastic trays.

Municipalities seeking to improve curbside or multifamily recycling are encouraged to apply, or park districts looking to provide recycling opportunities for park users.

These examples are not all inclusive and applicants are encouraged to find new and innovative ways to reduce the amount of waste and increase what is recycled. The grants may not be used for ongoing expenses, such as staffing, collection, and hauling costs. Priority will be given to new applicants.

All applications received will be reviewed by OCSWMD staff and the Ogle County Board Solid Waste Committee. Grants will be evaluated on the following criteria: management ability; project quality; project impact; realistic goals and expectations; accuracy of application; educational potential; use of recycled content product when available; potential for waste stream diversion; and future continuity of the project.

Applications are due by Friday, October 3rd and will be reviewed, scored, and acted on by the Solid Waste Committee by the end of October.

For more information or to request an application, please contact the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department at 815-732-4020 or visit www.oglecounty.org.

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